Gary Neville has revealed that he was particularly saddened by Manchester United’s FA Cup loss to Leicester because they would have met Southampton in the semi-finals if they had won.
The Red Devils were defeated 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, leaving the Europa League as their only chance for silverware this season.
The draw for the FA Cup final four was made at halftime of United’s game against Leicester, and if they had won, they would have avoided Manchester City and Chelsea to play the Saints.
On his Sky Sports interview, Neville said it seems like a big challenge for his former club, and he criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to rotate his squad too strongly.
“I know he’s been doing that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (rotating), but this was a genuine opportunity, “Neville said in his case.
“You recall the semi-final draw that took place at halftime in that game, which meant the winner will face Southampton. By no means is it a foregone conclusion that they will face Southampton in the semi-finals, but what a chance. And I assume the group of players is capable of winning a trophy under Solskjaer.
Of course, finishing second will have been the target at the start of the season, and winning a cup would now be the priority with that, they just have the Europa League left, so that was a real good one today.
They have a good record at Leicester, and I was listening to the game in the car, thinking ‘here we go,’ not shocked with United away from home – but then the second and third go in, and it’s a huge missed chance.
As a United fan, I am a little demoralized tonight because I believe that was a very good one to go for this season.”
United now has an international break before attempting to recover from their setback, and they will not play again until April 4, when they face Brighton.