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Gary Neville slams Erik ten Hag for his excuse surrounding Man United’s poor form



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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has stated that injuries are no excuse for the Red Devils’ terrible form under Erik ten Hag.

This season, United have registered over 50 separate cases of injury or illness, with the latest reported case being that of Antony.

Missing Man United’s away trip to Bournemouth, Antony’s absence meant he wasn’t part of the squad as United drew 2-2 and extended their winless run in the Premier League to four games.

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Speaking after that match, Gary Neville admitted that though the Red Devils have faced a staggering number of injuries, simply put, that alone is not an excuse for Ten Hag’s side failing to impress yet again.

“I know people point towards the injuries and Manchester United have had a mountain of injuries,” Neville told Sky Sports. “But, I said the same against Liverpool, nine of that team that started yesterday (Saturday) would probably be in the starting XI if everyone was fit.

“[André] Onana, [Harry] Maguire, [Diogo] Dalot, Casemiro, [Kobbie] Mainoo, Bruno Fernandes and [Rasmus] Højlund, [Alejandro] Garnacho and [Marcus] Rashford.

‘Those are nine players, who are Manchester United’s best players in those positions. You bring in Luke Shaw and you bring in [Lisandro] Martinez and you can possibly argue between [Raphael] Varane and Maguire but there’s nothing in it.

‘They have had lots of injuries but at the moment there’s no excuses for the levels of the performances we’re seeing and every team has one or two players missing at certain points.”

Neville’s criticisms of United’s current set-up strongly oppose what Ten Hag told reporters last month.

“No team can deal with so many injuries,” Ten Hag stated following United’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City. “I think we played to maximum levels if you take in respect the availability of the players. We missed so many key players over the season.”