Gary Neville sympathises with ‘bored’ Manchester United fans after draw vs Leicester City

Manchester United‘s performance against Leicester City on Saturday night was a deflated one, with few impressive individual showings, as they drew 1-1 with Brendan Rodgers‘ side at Old Trafford, taking them firmly out of the race for a top four finish in the Premier League. Gary Neville was disappointed with the showing and sympathised with the ‘bored’ supporters at the Theatre of Dreams.

The first half was one that included a slow tempo and just three shots for the hosts, one of which was a tame effort from Bruno Fernandes who should’ve done better in front of goal.

It took Kelechi Iheanacho‘s opener mid-way through the second half for United to kick into gear. Fred was on hand just three minutes afterwards to salvage an important equaliser, however, that was the pinnacle of their attacking play on a night where Ralf Rangnick‘s side drew a third time in their last six games.

“I think at this moment in time it feels like a really difficult time.” Neville said on his podcast after the match on Saturday evening.

A man who once captained the best club in the country, Neville has had his fair share of opinions on United since he deputised at Sky Sports in 2011, but insists that he’d rather be in the background, observing a top quality side.

Instead, he focuses on, and sympathises with, the supporters who have been used to such exciting football at Old Trafford in past years.

“I’m sat here as an ex-player feeling like I’m wading in, I don’t want to wade into Manchester United, I want to be able to celebrate Manchester United. I want to see a great football team, a great football club.

“Those fans in that first half today that have come here, 71,000 of them, were bored. They were bored.” Neville exclaimed. “I always say that you can win, you can lose, you can draw but never be bored in this ground.

“This is a place where you walk up that concourse as a young boy and you feel magic – they’re not feeling that magic at this moment in time and neither are the players on the pitch.”

United have nine remaining matches before the season’s conclusion. They are currently on the search for the right permanent manager to help spark life into the club. Ajax‘s Erik ten Hag is reported as the front-runner, with Mauricio Pochettino – the PSG manager – also a favoured candidate.

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