Neville salutes three ‘aggressive’ Man Utd stars who shone in 3-1 win against Arsenal

Date published: Monday 5th September 2022 10:26 - Jason Soutar

Gary Neville before Soccer Aid

Manchester United legend Gary Neville liked the performances of Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Diogo Dalot against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Red Devils made it four wins on the bounce with a 3-1 victory against Mikel Arteta’s men at Old Trafford.

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Arsenal performed pretty well on the day but were caught out and punished by United.

It was the Gunners’ first defeat of the season, but they are still top of the Premier League with five wins from their opening six matches.

Erik ten Hag’s side are up to fifth, three points behind the north Londoners.

They had started the season woefully, losing 2-1 at home to Brighton on the opening weekend before a 4-0 drubbing at Brentford.

A 2-1 win against Liverpool on matchday three looks like it has been a huge catalyst for United’s revival, however.

Some pundits and former players are now of the belief United can finish inside the top four this season after finishing sixth in 2021/22.

Admittedly, they look a lot better under Ten Hag, especially now the team is somewhat settled.

Dropping Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw appears to have worked wonders, with Malacia and Martinez coming into the back four after joining the club in the summer transfer window.

Neville has been very impressed with the duo, as well as Dalot, who has established himself as the first-choice right-back at Old Trafford with Aaron Wan-Bissaka warming the bench.

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast after his former side’s win, the 47-year-old singled out Dalot, Malacia and Martinez, highlighting their tenacious play styles.

“Do you know something? I will point to a little thing that I saw in the second half of the Brentford game and that’s Tyrell Malacia,” Neville said.

“Someone on the pitch with a bit of personality, fight and spirit.

“And to be fair to Lisandro Martinez who wasn’t on the pitch in that second half against Brentford because he was substituted.

“But against Liverpool there was some tenacity and from that, what you’re seeing is Diogo Dalot is a lot more aggressive.

“The midfield players are a bit more aggressive. It takes just one to show leadership, it doesn’t have to be the shouter or the captain.”

Martinez was taken off after he suffered an injury clearing the ball against Arsenal.

Whether or not he will be fit for next weekend’s match away to Crystal Palace remains to be seen.

Before then, United get their Europa League campaign underway on Thursday when they host La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

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