‘That needs to stop!’ – Neville blasts ‘flailing’ Man Utd duo

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 9:20 - Joe Williams

Man Utd duo Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo look dejected

Gary Neville was annoyed to see Man Utd duo Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo “flailing their arms” at other players in their loss to Leicester City.

Late goals from Jamie Vardy and substitute Patson Daka sealed a 4-2 victory for the Foxes in a disappointing second-hald performance from the Red Devils.

Man Utd have taken a single point from their last three Premier League games and only won two of their last seven matches in all competitions.

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Jamie Carragher raised the issue of playing Paul Pogba in central midfield at Man Utd when he started putting in some good performances on the left last season.

But Neville claims that it’s not Pogba who is worrying him, instead he thinks Fernandes and Ronaldo need to up their performances and stop moaning at other team-mates.

Neville said on Sky Sports: “I’ve had my issues with Paul Pogba in midfield. I’ve had my issues with Paul Pogba generally and his agent over the last two years. Honestly, it’s like having a windscreen where you’ve got six cracks in it and you have to change it anyway, but you think the crack that is Paul Pogba is the one you should focus on.

“I don’t think this is a Paul Pogba problem. The reason I say that is that on Saturday I watched Ronaldo and Fernandes up front, nothing. I saw them flailing their arms a few times at a couple of their team-mates which I didn’t like. That needs to stop!

“I saw wide players with no intensity in their pressing. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t go back to [Scott] McTominay and Fred and he can’t go back to Matic and Fred because the reality is we know what that delivers. It won’t deliver Manchester United success and Solskjaer has brought all these talented players in.

“Pep Guardiola plays with David Silva, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Leroy] Sane, [Sergio] Aguero and [Raheem] Sterling which is five attacking players. What Solskjaer needs to somehow try and prove is that he as a top manager and his development as a coach this season can get top players to work as hard as the other top players in the league.”


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