Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed that days like the recent stunning defeat at home to Aston Villa will occur unless the club addresses its tactical issues as a whole.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end in spectacular fashion, as Aston Villa centre-back Kortney Hause glanced his header past David de Gea, sparking wild celebrations in the away end – only to handle the ball inside his own area minutes later, gifting United a penalty.
Surprisingly, Bruno Fernandes took the penalty attempt ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and blasted his effort high over Emi Martinez’s crossbar.
Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, the former United stalwart all but quashed his old side’s hopes of a title tilt this season.
“I said it when they were winning and when Ronaldo was scoring, they don’t play well enough as a team to win this league in my view,” Neville explained.
“You need to be a unit in possession and out of possession – and when you only deliver in moments, those moments won’t go for you in certain games.
“You need patterns of play, you need a way of playing and I still see a group of individuals playing in moments, with some patterns and combinations.
“But still a team that’s new together, but they’ve got to come together and find a style of play. Then you get results when you don’t play well.
“The way they are at the moment, they’ll always have days like that yesterday (Saturday vs Aston Villa).”