Gary Neville says that Manchester United’s system is to blame, not the individuals, for the recent poor form.
As part of his Skysports.com column, Neville defended Alexis Sanchez, Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba – all of whom have come in for criticism – and said that it is the team in general that is under-performing.
United produced a fine performance against Liverpool, but were then dismal against Sevilla. That lack of consistency, Neville believes, is the big issue.
‘To be honest with you, I can’t help feeling the whole Luke Shaw issue is a distraction from the critical aspect of the season,’ Neville said.
‘United spent a lot of money and the aspiration was to win the Premier League and go as far as they could in the Champions League and obviously neither have happened.
‘The issue for me isn’t the individuals – whether Shaw, Paul Pogba or Alexis Sanchez are underperforming – but that the team aren’t very consistent, which over the course of Mourinho’s career his teams have always been.
‘If you look at the performances against Liverpool and then Sevilla, they were night and day, and this looks like a group of individuals rather than a group functioning as a team.’
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