It’s not a disaster for Man United to leave the UEFA Champions League, former star says

Former Manchester United star, Phil Neville, has reacted to rumours Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is on the line again, following his side’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League this Tuesday.

United conceded two quick goals in the first half, after starting slowly, before RB Leipzig made it three midway through the second half.

A late rally from the lads proved to be insufficient, despite goals from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, and pressure appears to have come on Solskjaer again.

But in a recent chat on BBC Radio 5 Live, Neville claimed people are making too much of our exit from Europe, and alleged there is a witch-hunt to get his former teammate sacked.

“There’s an awful narrative where the minute United lose a game it seems like a disaster,” he said.

“It’s not a disaster tonight, but it’s disappointing. United wanted to be in the last 16.

“There are Manchester United teams in the past with better managers than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – like Sir Alex Ferguson – which have gone out at this stage. It does happen, it has happened.

“It’s quite a freakish time at the moment. There are managers in the Premier League who are below United in the league but have great reputations and don’t get the stick Solskjaer gets.

“If United win on Saturday – and Ole’s teams tend to do well in big moments, I think Saturday is a big moment for the manager and for the players.

He added, “They played poorly in the first 30 minutes, they got punished in a group which was really, really difficult and they’re out of the competition. They’re now in the , they’ve got to go out and win that.

“The narrative from inside the club is far, far different to that outside the club, where it seems there’s a total witch-hunt to get this boy out of the job.”

Neville does have a point, and it’s clear why we’re always attracting interest from the public— we’re the biggest club in England, and this is probably one of the prices we have to pay.