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Manchester United legend Gary Neville tore into his former side during their match against Newcastle United on Monday evening. Allan Saint-Maximin’s early goal gave Newcastle a half-time lead at St James’ Park in Ralf Rangnick’s third game in charge of the Red Devils. And Neville was left “fuming” with the first-half performance from the visitors.
United hadn’t played since December 11 due to having matches postponed due to positive Covid cases in the squad.
Neville started his assessment in the Monday Night Football studio at half time by pointing out that fact.
But he quickly turned on the players, claiming none of them had put in a good performance.
“You don’t want to go overboard in the sense that they’ve been off for 16 days,” Neville said.
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“They’ve obviously got a new manager, they’re trying to get used to a new system. The balance of the team isn’t right.
“I was worried after Norwich. There’s no pressing, there’s no urgency. The basics of the game. Every single battle they’ve lost.
“That’s been a really poor performance that, honestly that’s a really poor performance.
“There’s not one single thing that’s gone right as a team.
“They’ve not done one single thing right and there’s not one single player who can go in at half time and say they’ve done their jobs, or even say they’ve done themselves justice.”
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Sky Sports presenter David Jones then asked if there were any positives United could take from that first half of football.
But that just gave Neville another opportunity to let fly at Rangnick’s side, hitting out at their “whinging” at each other on the pitch.
“Nothing [in terms of positives],” Neville responded.
“Honestly I can’t say anything other than the fact they’ve had 16 days without, there’s potentially some kind of reason there but I’m not really looking at that to be honest with you because there are still basics of the game that you can do properly, which is win your battles, go into tackles properly, show a little bit of urgency, look like it matters.
“They’re whinging at each other – they’re a bunch of whingebags. They’re a bunch of whingebags. Watch them on that pitch.
“I’m not going to go into the names but honestly they’re whinging at each other.
“Their arms are up in the air, they’re complaining about everything.
“Honestly they’re absolutely shocking out there in that first half.”
Neville says this squad got previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the sack and will do it to future managers if they continue to play like they did on Monday.
He added: “To be honest with you, they got the last manager the sack.
“Ralf Rangnick’s not going to get the sack – he’s only had two or three weeks with them – but they’ll get a lot of managers the sack if they carry on like that because that’s a really, really poor performance.
“It’s only 45 minutes but they’ve got to sort themselves out because it’s massively below anything that’s expected.
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