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Tough moments ahead for Solskjaer as Neville points finger at ‘lazy’ Man Utd players


Tough moments ahead for Solskjaer as Neville points finger at ‘lazy’ Man Utd players

Gary Neville believes that a number of Manchester United players need to take a long, hard look at themselves and ask if they are doing enough to help the team achieve its goals.

On Saturday, the Red Devils were defeated 4-2 by Leicester City in the Premier League, their second defeat in three games. 

Losing to the Foxes is not a disgrace, but the manner in which they capitulated will worry club executives. With seven minutes remaining, it was 2-2, but Jamie Vardy put the hosts ahead before Patson Daka added the fourth.

United started the season with four wins and a draw in five games. The addition of Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be the icing on the cake.

“The performances have been so shoddy all season, team performances, been some great goals but the overall performances have been, the units have been shoddy,” he said, per The Mirror.

“It’s been scrappy and scruffy to watch, so when you play against a team that’s got an organisation to them, a methodology, you’re going to get pulled apart and that’s what happening.

“Manchester United at this moment in time are imbalanced and the performances are now getting what they deserve in terms of results and it needs to change.”

There is no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a plethora of attacking options at his disposal. While Ronaldo’s return dominated the headlines, Jadon Sancho was a big-money summer signing.

Moving forward does not appear to be a problem. When they don’t have the ball, however, the ex-England defender is concerned about the personnel.

“Manchester United off the ball aren’t good enough,” Neville continued.

 “They’ve got this conundrum with [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes.

“They’ve got this conundrum with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Edinson] Cavani, conundrum with [Mason] Greenwood and [Marcus] Rashford and [Jadon] Sancho and you’ve got all these talented players into a unit, out of possession and those players strengths aren’t out of possession.

“The great players are able to do it both ways. But those players are biased to the attacking side of the game, they just are.”

Neville was asked if Solskjaer needed to bring in new players. However, the Sky Sports pundit believes that it is the players’ mindset that needs to change, not the players themselves.

“No they don’t, what they need is to have the work ethic of [ Manchester City ‘s] Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, [ Liverpool ‘s Roberto] Firmino and [Sadio] Mane, players who are world class, who work like absolute dogs every single game,” he added.

“I don’t see that at Manchester United with some of their talented players.”


Tough moments ahead for Solskjaer as Neville points finger at ‘lazy’ Man Utd players

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