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Neville admits "emptiness" around Man Utd

Manchester United coach Phil Neville admits there's an "emptiness" around the club at the moment.

Neville won the Premier League six times in his decade at United and he was also part of the team that lifted the Champions League on that most dramatic of nights in Barcelona.

So victories against Aston Villa and Newcastle, and a plucky defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, have done little to lift Neville's spirits.

"When you get to this stage of the season, it's been quite foreign for this group and this football club, to be out of all the competitions and not challenging for a trophy. There is a really empty feeling and there is an empty feeling in my belly," he told MUTV.

"When I joined I thought we'd be challenging for trophies. This group of players is used to winning trophies and medals and parading around the pitch after the last game of the season with the championship, European Cup or FA Cup.

"That is where the emptiness comes from and it will stay with us until we win the Premier League back again or the FA Cup or the Capital One Cup or the European Cup.

"That's what this club is all about - winning trophies. It's not about finishing second, third or fourth and qualifying for the Champions League. We have to win leagues and have to win trophies. The boss knows that and that is what he wants to do himself."

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