Gary Neville: United's big stars letting the club down

Author: Kwame Larweh
Gary Neville

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has identified six players who are letting the team down following their 4-0 defeat away to Everton.

United saw their ambitions of securing a top four finish suffer a further blow as they were thrashed at Goodison Park, and Neville was left livid with the performance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Neville listed Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba and David de Gea as the players that are letting down United, who have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: ‘There are five forwards at that club – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba – who is nearer to the front,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘Star players, those five, they can be the best in their position, but all of them in this moment in time are well below their standard.

‘Alexis Sanchez… I don’t know what’s happened to him.'

Rashford made a bright start following the arrival of Solskjaer but the striker has struggled in recent weeks.

Neville said: ‘Marcus Rashford, this couple of weeks, has been nowhere near [his best].

‘I went to both Barcelona games. Marcus looks off it at the moment. Whether he’s carrying an injury. something’s not right, or the season has caught up with him.

‘Romelu Lukaku – he doesn’t turn up in a big game. That’s been levelled at him for a number of years now.

‘Paul Pogba looks like he’s back to the Paul Pogba that was playing under Jose Mourinho, even though he’s been outstanding for the past three months.

‘And Martial he’s just come back from injury, but he looks like he’s back in that sort of ambling mood again.'

Neville also criticised De Gea, who has made several high-profile errors this season.

He said: ‘De Gea looks nothing like he was, he looks distracted.

‘You’ve got contract talks that are going on between five or six players, which is distracting at this time.’

Neville's criticism of United's stars followed on from his rant in the aftermath of the loss to Everton, when he described the performance as 'rancid'.

He said: 'I'm furious to be honest the fact that he's [Solskjaer] had to go an apologise for them, I've said about clubs over the years if you've got weeds in the garden you've got to get rid of them.

'But there's some Japanese knotweed in that football club, and it's attacking the foundations of the house.

MANCHESTER UNITED'S RECENT FORM
March 10 - Premier League - Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

March 16 - FA Cup - Wolves 2-1 Manchester United

March 30 - Premier League - Manchester United 2-1 Watford

April 2 - Premier League - Wolves 2-1 Manchester United

April 10 - Champions League - Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona

April 13 - Premier League - Manchester United 2-1 West Ham

April 16 - Champions League - Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United

April 21 - Premier League - Everton 4-0 Manchester United

'I've been over the last 12 or 18 months, myself falling into the trap of talking about oh they've got potential, they've got talent. Forget it. If they don't work hard and don't have the attitude to run around in that shirt, get rid of them.

'Everton ran four kilometres further in the first half. Everton! You watch this mob out here, Liverpool their biggest rival, they die for every inch of the pitch and Manchester United players, honestly, it's embarrassing watching some of those out there today.

'I'm absolutely furious, [I have] full belief in Ole to do what he needs to do. That performance today was rancid.'

United, who are in sixth place in the Premier League, host rivals Manchester City on Wednesday before taking on Chelsea at Old Trafford four days later.