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Gary Neville fumes at ‘horrible’ Man Utd efficiency in opposition to Brentford


Gary Neville lashed out at Manchester United’s “horrible” efficiency of their 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday.

United conceded 31 pictures all through the sport and located themselves beneath immense stress from begin to end, however they practically snatched a shock win when Mason Mount put the Purple Devils forward within the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time.

Kristoffer Ajer equaliser three minutes later to make sure Brentford took one thing from their dominant efficiency, after which Neville laid into his former employers.

“I watched Man Utd at Brentford and like everybody else, I could not consider what I used to be watching,” he mentioned on the Gary Neville Podcast. “I assumed they’d put a little bit of stress on Tottenham and Aston Villa on the run-in.

“It is truly actually tough to play that badly. Often, no matter staff you play in opposition to, even in case you are a prime staff, the opposite staff could have 5 or ten minutes of play or a interval of domination. I am unable to keep in mind any level within the sport the place Man Utd did something properly in any respect.

“It was a horrible efficiency.”

Gary Neville

Neville fumed on the efficiency / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

The poor displaying in opposition to Brentford adopted certainly one of United‘s greatest showings of the season – their 4-3 victory over Liverpool within the FA Cup quarter-final earlier than the worldwide break.

“I am unable to clarify that efficiency. I do not know the place it comes from,” Neville continued. “It’s totally worrying you can go to that stage of low.

“You understand you possibly can play badly in soccer, you realize you possibly can have gamers lacking, you realize you possibly can miss possibilities and you realize typically you do not really feel fairly proper, however that was a dismal, dismal effort in an try to play soccer, in an try to work as exhausting as you presumably can.

“When Man Utd give the ball away their response to giving the ball away is non-existent in comparison with all the opposite groups I see. They are surely one of many worst groups you possibly can see out of possession when it comes to making it tough for the opposite staff.

“What we noticed from Arsenal at Man Metropolis, and also you see the degrees of defending, compactness and the work ethic of all of the entrance gamers to be a cohesive unit and defend collectively, there’s none of that at United.

“I am not saying the defenders or the midfield gamers are innocent as a result of they will do lots higher themselves as properly, however there’s not a unity in any respect. There isn’t any thought of methods to defend and methods to play with out the ball.

“It simply wasn’t excellent and there are worrying indicators you can get to that stage of low of their efficiency.

“You concentrate on the place Man Utd have been at earlier than the worldwide break, they’d one of the vital unbelievable moments [against Liverpool]. They need to’ve been completely bouncing into that sport at Brentford and but, we noticed what we noticed.”