Gary Neville slams ‘depressing’ Manchester United after Leicester City draw

Former England full-back Gary Neville has slammed Manchester United after their ‘depressing’ performance against Leicester City.

Man United were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in what should have been a must-win game for The Red Devils, given the gap they are behind top-four favourites Arsenal and Tottenham.

United were dreadful in the first half, which was obvious, but started putting pressure on the visitors after they went behind midway through the second half.

Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring with a great header from inside the penalty box but Manchester United responded quickly through a rebound effort from Fred.

Both sides got a few chances to get the match-winning goal but failed to get any into the back of the net, though Leicester City had their second goal controversially disallowed by the VAR.

Despite United’s resurgence late in the second half, Gary Neville was still not impressed by his former club’s performance, insisting that they were ‘depressing’ to watch when they were out of possession.

“Manchester United are not a pressing team, they’re actually depressing when you watch them out of possession because they just walk around,” Gary Neville said in his Gary Neville Podcast.

Gary Neville says Manchester United were depressing against Leicester City
Gary Neville says Manchester United were depressing against Leicester City

His comments came after he had slammed Man United’s first-half performance whilst the game was yet to take shape.

“Manchester United are absolutely toothless,” said Neville. “It’s pathetically slow.”

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison also echoed what Neville had suggested, claiming that Ralf Rangnick’s side didn’t hurt them even when The Reds were in control of the ball.

“Sometimes you can feel in control even without the ball, I don’t think Manchester United were hurting us,” Maddison told Sky Sports after the game.

Bruno Fernandes somewhat disagreed with Gary Neville, insisting that none of his team-mates lacked intensity against The Foxes.

After the final whistle, the Portuguese midfielder told Sky Sports: “Everyone gave everything. I don’t believe there’s anyone who didn’t give everything in the game.

“Nobody lacked intensity. We have to keep fighting. We know our chances. As I said before, we have to keep looking at our own games.”