Gary Neville did not shy away with words describing the Manchester United players after their shocking loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were torn apart by a rampant Liverpool side at Old Trafford. Mohamed Salah was the star of the show with a glittering hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of the Red Devils. The loss was their heaviest against the Merseysiders in over 100 years, with a fallout expected very much.
While Liverpool fans will celebrate this historic win, Manchester United counterparts are surely readying themselves to question the team’s approach and management. An utterly toothless performance like this one will leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with no place to hide.
Gary Neville gave a scathing assessment of this Manchester United team, ripping them to shreds with his post-match comments. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said, “The pressure after this game is going to be intolerable in some quarters. The board have made everyone aware that they are steadfast in their support of the manager and that he stays. Results like this undermine that, there’s no doubt. This is sobering.
“Manchester United need to change. I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to get the opportunity to change. But there is going to be pressure from every source.”
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Adding to that, Neville commented on what might come next for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and how his future might look. He said, “There’s no doubt the manager will get an absolute battering. There will be calls for his head like you wouldn’t believe, but you wonder what this defeat will do to the players. How will they pick themselves up?
“There’s no hiding place after this. United are going to be absolutely demoralised. The next 24 hours are going to be as hot as it has ever been at this football club.”
The stronger words were reserved for the players and the manner in which they performed against a formidable and traditional rival. Neville felt Manchester United stars were out of their depth on the evening and questioned their ability to press. He continued, “As soon as they’ve come up against a good team, they’ve been torn to shreds, and it’s told them exactly where they are at.
“This is as bad as it gets. It’s the nature of the performance. They have capitulated. They’ve lost everything today – discipline, organisation. But what stands out in my mind is their organisation around the press. Finding the trigger, not getting there half-hearted. City can press, Liverpool can press. Manchester United are kidding themselves today that they are a pressing team. They are all over the place.”
Those were some strong words from the Sky Sports pundit, who will likely be speaking more on the subject as the fallout from this terrible defeat transpires. The pressure surely will be on Solskjaer to keep this side together after such a loss, considering their next few opponents, particularly Tottenham and Man City in the Premier League.