Gary Neville calls out seven Man Utd stars after Solskjaer sacked – ‘Doesn’t look right’
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Gary Neville has slammed seven underperforming Manchester United players amid cries that something “doesn’t look right” at the club. The Red Devils legend has made his feelings clear following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer’s reign as manager was brought to an end on Sunday following a crushing 4-1 defeat to Watford which saw United slip to seventh in the Premier League standings.
The loss was that latest in a string of humiliating results which have seen the Red Devils muster only one win in their last seven league outings.
That dismal run has also included United’s hammerings at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City with both manager and players coming under fierce criticism over recent weeks.
Despite pressure mounting on Solskjaer, former United right-back Neville was a staunch supporter of his ex-teammate in the build-up to Sunday’s sacking, refusing to call for his managerial head.
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However, Neville hasn’t held back on laying into some of United’s players, highlighting seven underperformers in particular while speculating that something must have happened to trigger the club’s demise in recent months.
“Take the manager out of it for a second, that back five – De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw – must’ve played 100 games together,” the Sky Sports pundit said on his self-titled Gary Neville Podcast.
“I don’t know the stats but that’s been the back five of the last two seasons or so. You’ve then got McTominay and Matic in midfield who have played lots of games together.”
“You’re thinking to yourself, how the hell have they defended like that? De Gea’s thrown a couple in, the back four on the first goal, have gone so deep – and I was accusing them of that two years ago.
“There’ll be those who will say it’s coaching.
“And we’ll see in the next few months, we really will see in these next 12 months whether the players have lost confidence in the manager, whether the ideas have run out, whether something’s happened.
“I’ve got a feeling something’s happened in the last couple of months in that dressing room, it doesn’t look right to me.
“But we’ll see in the next few weeks. A new manager will come in.”
Following Solskjaer’s dismissal, the club confirmed first-team coach Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge ahead of United’s crucial Champions League clash at Villarreal on Tuesday night amid plans to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
“We’ve got an interim manager at the minute in Michael Carrick who has got a week ahead of him he should look forward to.
“United have got to appoint an interim who has got experience until the end of the season who can navigate through these choppy waters.
“They need to get that group of players, who are very talented, United have got a big and talented squad, there’s got to be more to it than that.
“But the performances have been horrific the last two months.”
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