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Manchester United are ‘shoddy, rambling and scruffy’ this season after loss to Leicester, says Gary Neville |  Football news


In a scathing assessment, Gary Neville described Manchester United’s performance this season as “shoddy”, adding that they are “scruffy and scruffy to watch”.

It came after United’s 29 home unbeaten games in the Premier League were interrupted at Leicester with the Foxes coming from behind to win 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side haven’t had a win in their last three league games, with pressure mounting on the manager even more after a costly summer of comebacks.

“There are issues because their performance is nowhere near good enough,” said Neville. Air sports. “I said a few weeks ago that when they started playing half-decent teams they are going to struggle. Aston Villa, Everton, Villarreal and Leicester are half-decent teams.

“The performance has been so poor all season in terms of team performance. There have been good results and great individual goals, but the overall performance and unity in possession and out of possession have been poor. .

“It’s messy and scruffy to watch. When you play a team with a clear organization and methodology, you’re going to go your own way and that’s what happened here. They were split up by Villa, split up by Everton and separated by Villarréal.

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Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo both started in Man Utd’s loss

“We saw a chosen team today with Marcus Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Five of them, so I wouldn’t want to be a defender in this team.

“I love them as players those five, but having them all on the same team, there aren’t enough workhorses. There’s a reason why Darren Fletcher, John O’Shea, Nicky Butt, Tom Cleverley, Park Ji-sung and Owen Hargreaves have had a game at United over the years.

“We needed workhorses alongside the great players. Manchester United right now is out of balance. Performance is now getting what it deserves in terms of results. That has to change. Performance has to be much better and today it was no surprise.

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“I think the performance this season has not been good enough, even when they won. Against Newcastle [when Man Utd won 4-1], everyone got carried away but they weren’t very good that day. “

Manchester United now have to play five of the traditional ‘Big Six’ in their next six league games, and Neville compared how they might come out with Chelsea’s win over Brentford.

Manchester United are ‘shoddy, rambling and scruffy’ this season after loss to Leicester, says Gary Neville |  Football news

There is tremendous pressure. It doesn’t come. It’s here. It was there before the international break and it’s not going to go away. He should be there. It’s Manchester United. They’ve spent a fortune and they have some of the best players in the world.

Gary Neville on Man Utd

“Oh, we know what’s coming”, the Air sports expert added. “Having struggled against half-decent teams they will now play against some of the best teams in the world. Next Sunday they will face Liverpool and then they will have to face Man City the following week.

“They are going to face Tottenham and then Chelsea and they are good teams. Of course the players could stand up for these games but they did not get off to a good start today.”

Brendan Rodgers explained after the match how his Leicester side managed to break through United on Saturday, saying: “Their center players weren’t pushing so we could be patient and work the ball on the pitch, we got into very good areas and put pressure on their backline. “

And Neville added that United are “far from good enough” off the ball.

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“They’re nowhere near good enough out of possession. They’re the weakest side of those who come close to the top of the league without a shadow of a doubt for pressing. You look at Chelsea’s resilience. today… United would have bowed in the last 15-20 minutes.

“To be fair with them, City would have kept the ball, and Liverpool still have something to do with them with Van Dijk at the back. Liverpool went punch for punch with Brentford when they came in here and tried to score more goals. Man Utd without the ball is not good enough. “

Questions continue to be asked as to whether the United squad can form a squad. Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo were added this summer, joining a squad that already boasts a plethora of stars.

Neville continued, “They have this real conundrum with Pogba and Fernandes, they have this real conundrum with Ronaldo and Cavani, another conundrum with Greenwood, Rashford and Sancho. You put all these teams in a unit when you don’t have one. possession, and the strengths of these players are not out of possession. Great players are able to do it both ways, but they are skewed towards the offensive side of the game.

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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba suggested his side lacked maturity and experience as they were beaten 4-2 in the Premier League at Leicester.

“What the star Manchester United players need is to have the work ethic of Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sadio Mane. World-class players who work like absolute dogs in every game. I don’t see that among United’s most talented players.

“When I look at the United players I mentioned in the squad today, they don’t work as hard as Mane, Firmino or Bernardo Silva. A better player who works more means you won’t end up better than them – it’s that easy.

“The pressure will go up on the manager and the pressure will go up on the players. They will not do anything with the manager. In the end, I think the club is stable in this regard compared to what happened at the over the past 10 years, I think they recognize that they are going through these times.

“They integrate Varane, Sancho and Ronaldo and I think they will get there but there is enormous pressure. It’s not coming. It’s here. It was there before the international break and it’s not going to go away. It should be there. It’s Manchester United. They’ve spent a fortune and they have some of the best players in the world. “



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