Former England defender Gary Neville has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the five players who shouldn’t be in the Manchester United starting lineup, insisting United’s squad lack ‘workhorses’.
Man United suffered an embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League despite breaking the deadlock.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring with a superb strike but the Foxes fought their way back and won the tie late in the game.
The defeat extended United’s poor run of form to two wins from their last seven games and their second defeat in eight Premier League matches.
Neville has accused the current United side of being ‘pulled apart’ during that run, informing Solskjaer that the likes of Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Jadon Sancho – who all made the starting lineup vs Leicester City – will cause problems elsewhere on the pitch.
‘Their performances are nowhere near good enough, at the moment when they play half decent teams they’re going to struggle.’ Neville told Sky Sports.
‘The performances have been shoddy all season, its scrappy and scruffy to watch. So when you play against a team with a methodology you’re going to get pulled apart. They got pulled apart against Villa, pulled apart against Everton, pulled apart by Villarreal.
‘I wouldn’t want to be a defender in that team. I’d love them as players but not all in the same team. There’s not enough workhorses.
‘There’s a reason that Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea and Gary Neville and Nicky Butt and Tom Cleverley got a game alongside those great players at Manchester United, because they are workhorses. The current squad is unbalanced.
‘And Manchester United are getting what they deserve and it needs to change. Today was no surprise, the performances weren’t very good even though they weren’t winning.’
Manchester United will look to get back to top form when they return to action on Wednesday to face Atalanta in what is said to be a crucial Champions League group stage clash.
On the weekend, Man United will host Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Their next league fixtures after that are against Tottenham and Manchester City.