Gary Neville thinks Man United’s away form this season is a concern, and criticizes the way the team transferred in January.
Man United were deservedly beaten by Newcastle at St. James’ Park. This result saw Newcastle surpass MU to rise to 3rd place in the Premier League rankings.
Gary Neville thinks Man United’s poor away form under Ten Hag is gradually becoming a concern.
“If you said at the beginning of the season, after a few games, that this is where United are now, nobody would believe it. With the squad they have, reaching the Europa League quarter-finals, the FA Cup semi-finals, being in the top four and having a trophy in their pocket, those are really impressive.
But there are signs showing up in the big away matches. That’s when you need to really play well and show your fighting spirit, bravery and ability. There is evidence that they are not good enough in these games.
They can still have a good season. Manchester United have reacted so many times. But today they were convincingly defeated, that is clear.
They will face Brentford and Everton next week. If they get 6 points then they will be in a good position again. But they can’t fool anyone about the big picture. Ten Hag knows he needs to help the team improve even more.”
Neville also believes that coach Ten Hag has received a big disappointment from the club in the winter transfer window.
“Ten Hag was disappointed in January. Ronaldo definitely left before the World Cup. Man United have six weeks before the transfer window starts. They made the clear decision not to give Ten Hag any more money, because they didn’t have the money. They made the decision for him to just bring someone in on loan. Can Man United borrow any top striker in January?
So I don’t blame Wout Weghorst at all. He did his job well. He did everything he could on the pitch. Obviously he’s not good enough to be a Manchester United striker. But Ten Hag needs support in January. But they are owed 900 million pounds and can’t bring in anyone anymore. That’s the harsh reality.”