Gary Neville has admitted that he regrets advising certain Manchester United players to join the club in a damning statement.
Ironically, it was the forward player’s clinical nature which provided Erik ten Hag’s side with a 2-1 lead going into the break. Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Højlund both scored with brilliant finishes.
However, the entire second half was dominated by Spurs, who scored the equaliser at the beginning of the half. There were just three shots from United in the second half, none of which found the target.
It was a typical United performance from this term. Players aren’t playing to their full ability, and we’ve seen the same story too often since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Jamie Redknapp offered the simple analysis after the game that United need to “buy better players” – yet great players always seem to crumble when they move to Old Trafford.
Neville, who has been vocal against the Glazer ownership at the club, instead believes exactly that – players are making poor career choices by moving to United in recent years.
The former club captain even admitted that he tried to persuade players to join the club previously, and he now regrets it because they would’ve had better careers elsewhere.
“I’ve spoken to a couple of players before they’ve come here and said, ‘You’ll never regret it; it’s a magic football club’, but I have to say, looking back, it looks like pretty poor advice with what happened to them since they come,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s really sad because they would’ve thrived at other clubs, and other players who have chosen other clubs have gone on to be really successful.”
Neville then questioned whether the likes of Jude Bellingham, who could’ve joined the club several years ago, would’ve progressed into the world class player that he is now at Real Madrid if he came to the club instead.
“You think of Jude Bellingham; he walks into the boardroom here at Manchester United, who have agreed a fee with Birmingham, and so have Dortmund,” he continued.
“He has a choice between the two, and somehow that kid, well done to him, chose Borussia Dortmund, and he’s now one of the greatest players in the world.
“What would’ve happened to him if he came here? I don’t know, maybe he would’ve been a success because he’s that good, but I’m not so sure in the current environment and culture.”
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