- Manchester United suffered a home loss to Aston Villa over the weekend
- Ex-United full-back Gary Neville thinks it’s a sign United are not title contenders
- Neville believes the side are a ‘weird bunch’ that ‘doesn’t play well’ as a team
Gary Neville claims Manchester United are a ‘weird bunch’ who ‘didn’t play well enough as a team’ to win the Premier League title.
Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty on Saturday as United suffered a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa in their first league loss of the season at Old Trafford.
As for Neville, United have a lot of personal qualities but an ambiguous style of play and little or no cohesion to win the Premier League.
Gary Neville feels Cristiano Ronaldo-led Man United ‘doesn’t play well enough’ as a team
‘I said this when they were winning, even when [Cristiano] Ronaldo scored, they don’t play well enough as a team to win this league in my opinion. They don’t play well enough as a team,’ Neville said on his sky sports podcast.
‘I think you have to be a unit in and out of possession, and when you only deliver in moments, those moments won’t go away for you in some games.’
United, who have not won the league since 2012-13, made several major changes in the summer transfer market, bringing in Jadon Sancho for £73 million before adding Rafael Varane from Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo from United.
Bruno Fernandes (right) missed a late penalty but Neville underlined the obvious problems
Neville believes the high-profile arrival played a role in the lack of cohesion in the present.
He continued: ‘You need a pattern of play, you need a way of playing, and at this point I still see a group of people playing in moments, sometimes with some pattern and combination, but Yet a team where some beautiful newbies come together – Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Varane, Jadon Sancho – but they have to come together as a team and begin to define the style of play. Then when you don’t play well you start getting results.
‘I call them the weird group, because I still look at them and think of them as a team that wins games in moments.
‘I look at Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City, they are teams. He kept the performance of the team inside. That doesn’t mean United never did, but Ole now has United on a team.
Described as a ‘strange bunch’, Neville explains that there is no clear style of play at the moment.
United are also in poor shape at the start of their campaign, having lost three of their last four matches.
As well as their first league loss to Villa in 2021–22, courtesy a goal from Courteney Hodge, United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford by West Ham and defeated in their opening group game of the Champions League against the Young Boys. Gaya.
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On Monday, United are fourth on the table with 13 points following a thrilling 3-3 draw from Brentford to league leaders Liverpool.