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“What kind of team…” Manchester United ripped into by former Old Trafford captain



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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has echoed the disappointment and frustration of fans following the abysmal display against Fulham this past weekend.

Manchester United lost their first game in 2024 against Fulham on Saturday and Erik ten Hag‘s men were easily the second-best side at Old Trafford. Marco Silva’s side left with their first win at the Theatre of Dreams since 2003, and The Reds didn’t make it too difficult for them.

Calling the performance lacklustre would be an understatement, and many of the United players have been blasted by fans and ex-pros, with a particularly scathing review from Paul Merson as he believes that Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS have a mountain of a job to make the club successful again.

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Perhaps a bit fortunate to be on a five consecutive-win run heading into the game, as very few of the victories were convincing, former captain Gary Neville wasn’t shocked by the defeat.

Speaking on his podcast yesterday evening, Neville said: “We shouldn’t be surprised when they lose games because the performance levels aren’t good enough.

“I watched the highlights of the game on Sunday morning, and I wondered if the Match of the Day highlights had been doctored because, in the first half, did we actually have an attack? 

“Fulham should have scored three or four. In the second half, it was something similar, there was a bit of a flurry at the end and the daft thing is when United equalised, I’m thinking they were going to win, that’s what United do. Fulham go up the other end, and Iwobi scores, and you’re like, right, okay.

“That is a really, really a big problem for the manager and coach because results are important, they’re critical for every manager. But if you’re looking at building a project, and I don’t like using the word, then you’ve got to see progression, direction and where it’s going.”

United have been leaking shots all season, which inevitably leads to goals resulting in the club’s awful goal difference of zero, and with Rasmus Højlund out injured, they look blunt in attack.

This tissue paper-thin defence and, at times, toothless forward line has left many scratching their heads about what the identity and place style of this United side is, a question which Neville ponders.

“That’s the problem at this moment in time. It isn’t just me; it’s everybody who watches United. What kind of team are they?”