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Phil Neville has given backing to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Solskjaer continues to be criticised for Man United’s up and down displays and rightly so.

Solskjaer is coming under immense scrutiny. [Getty]
Solskjaer is coming under immense scrutiny. [Getty]

The Red Devils suffered a 3-2 defeat away at RB Leipzig on Tuesday night when they needed just a point to reach the knockout stages of the elite European competition.

Ex-England international Phil Neville reckons ‘there's a total witch-hunt to get’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘out of the job’ at Old Trafford.

The former United star Neville has given his backing to Solskjaer after the Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

United needed to avoid a defeat at the Red Bull Arena to progress into the last 16 of Europe’s elite competition but they were beaten 3-2 by Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

However, following the loss in Germany, Neville told BBC Radio 5 Live that Solskjaer receives undeserved criticism, adding that United's Champions League exit 'is not a disaster'.

'If United win on Saturday [against Manchester City] – and Ole's teams tend to do well in big moments,’ the current head coach of the England women's team said.

‘I think Saturday is a big moment for the manager and for the players.

'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 Europa League, 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.'

Phil, who played alongside Solskjaer for nine years at Old Trafford, added: 'There's an awful narrative where the minute United lose a game it seems like a disaster.

'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.'

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