Gary Neville says Manchester United will NOT win a Premier League title this season because they are a ‘strange couple’ who ‘don’t play well enough as a team’
Manchester United are a ‘strange couple’ who are ‘not playing well enough as a team’ to win the Premier League title, claims Gary Neville.
A late penalty miss by Bruno Fernandes on Saturday resulted in a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford to Aston Villa for their first league defeat of the season.
For Neville, United have a lot of individual quality, but there is an unclear style of play and little to no cohesion needed to win the Premier League.
Gary Neville thinks a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Man United side is ‘not playing well enough’ as a team
“I said it even when they were winning, even when… [Cristiano] Ronaldo scored, they don’t play well enough as a team in my opinion to win this competition. They don’t play well enough as a team,” Neville said on his… Sky Sports podcast.
“I think you have to be a unit in and out of possession, and if you only deliver in moments, those moments in certain games won’t apply to you.”
United, which have not won the competition since 2012-13, have made some significant additions to the summer transfer market, bringing in Jadon Sancho for £73 million before Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bruno Fernandes (right) missed a late penalty, but Neville has outlined the glaring problems
Neville believes the high-profile arrivals played a part in the current lack of cohesion.
He added: “You need game patterns, you need a way of playing, and right now I still see a group of individuals playing in moments, with some patterns and combinations now and then, but still a team some of which to be handsome. new together – Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho – but they need to come together as a team and begin to define a style of play. Then you get results if you don’t play well.’
“I’ve called them an oddball because I still watch them and see them as a team that wins matches in the blink of an eye.
“I look at Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City, they are teams. They deploy team performance. That’s not to say United never will, but Ole needs to get United into a team now.”
Described as a ‘strange couple’, Neville explains that there is no clear style of play at the moment
United are in a difficult period, even so early in the season, having lost three of their last four games.
As well as defeating Villa in their first league game in 2021-22, thanks to a goal from Kortney Hause, United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford by West Ham, beating them in their first Champions League group stage match against Young Boys.
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On Monday, United are fourth in the table with 13 points, one adrift of league-leaders Liverpool, after their thrilling 3-3 draw against Brentford.