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

Gary Neville believes that a number of Manchester United players should take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are doing enough to assist the team accomplish its objectives. 

 

The Red Devils were trounced 4-2 by Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, their second loss in as many games. 

 

Although defeating the Foxes is hardly a shame, the manner in which they conceded will concern club administrators. It was 2-2 with seven minutes left, but Jamie Vardy gave the hosts the lead before Patson Daka added the fourth. 

 

United began the season with four wins and a tie in their first five games. Cristiano Ronaldo's signing appeared to be the cherry on top.


"The team performances have been so shoddy all season," he said, according to The Mirror. "There have been some great goals but the overall performances have been, the units have been shoddy." 

 

"It's been gritty and dirty to see, so when you play against a team with a philosophy, you're going to get picked apart, and that's what's happening." 

 

"Manchester United is currently imbalanced, and performances are now receiving what they deserve in terms of results, and this must change."


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a variety of attacking alternatives at his disposal, no doubt. While Ronaldo's homecoming was the focus of attention, Jadon Sancho was a high-profile summer addition. 

 

It does not appear like moving forward will be a problem. However, when they don't have the ball, the ex-England defender is concerned about the team's personnel. 

 

"Manchester United aren't good enough off the ball," Neville concluded. 

 

"With [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes, they've got a problem. 

 

"They have a dilemma with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Edinson] Cavani, a conundrum with [Mason] Greenwood, [Marcus] Rashford, and [Jadon] Sancho, and you've got all these fantastic players into a unit, out of possession."

"The best players can play both sides of the ball. But those players are simply inclined toward the attacking side of the game." 

If Solskjaer needed to bring in new players, Neville was questioned. However, the Sky Sports pundit believes that it is the players' perspective, not the players themselves, that needs to change. 

 

"No, they don't," he added. "What they need is the work ethic of [Manchester City's] Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, [Liverpool's] Roberto Firmino and [Sadio] Mane, world-class players who work like absolute dogs every single game." 

 

"With some of Manchester United's talented players, I don't see that."

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