Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was critical of Manchester United’s performance in their 3-0 away defeat to Everton this afternoon, labelling their showing “toothless” after a third consecutive defeat in Everton’s backyard, as well as their second in as many games in the league this season.
Manchester United found themselves behind early on to the resurgent Toffees, who finished the day in the top-half of the Premier League. United’s hopes of finishing in the top-two took a hit following their surprise defeat, and after the game manager Louis van Gaal questioned the mentality of his players before the game, hinting that their pre-match preparations set the tone for a miserable showing and result.
Gary Neville certainly agreed, and felt the Red Devils had no desire or energy to go toe-to-toe with the Blues for the 90 minutes. He highlighted a lack of attacking pressure, and little to no creativity throughout. The former United defender said it was the worst performance he has seen from Louis van Gaal’s since for nearly two months, as they didn’t show any willingness to fight for a result.
Neville felt the Red Devils struggled as they went behind so early in the game, and went into the break 2-0 down. He added: “It is the worst I have seen United play for five or six weeks. They have been playing so well. Even in defeat at Stamford Bridge last week they played really well. Today United just didn’t come to terms with how they had to play the game. They needed to show more urgency.”
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