Gary Neville and ex-Manchester team-mate Owen Hargreaves agree in their assessment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who have not been putting up good enough “team performances”
Former Red Devils team-mate Hargreaves has been critical of United’s performances this season, believing they have often been “saved by individual brilliance” rather than producing strong team displays.
“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,” stated the ex-Red Devils captain, who played with Hargreaves at Old Trafford for four years.
“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.”
He added: “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.
“The performances need to be a lot better and today [at Leicester] it was no surprise.
“I think the performances over the season haven’t been good enough even if they’re winning against Newcastle – even when everyone was getting carried away it wasn’t good enough that day.
“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.”
On whether Solskjaer needed further investment in the form of “four of five” new players, Neville quashed the suggestion.
“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.
“I don’t see that at Manchester United with some of their talented players.
“When I think of the names I mentioned in that Manchester United team they don’t work as hard as Mane, Firmino, De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva so better players and works harder means you’re going to finish higher than them simple as that so you better start working as hard as they do.”
Ex-England international Hargreaves had previously told Optus Sport in his analysis on Saturday: “They’ve played like this all season.
“Virtually every game I’ve seen they’ve had some brilliant moments where they’ve been saved by individual brilliance but they never have control of games.
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“And when they’re that open – John [Barnes, joining him as a pundit] made a good point, the front four really don’t track back, there’s too much space for quality players.
“That result was coming.”