"They can't play without Bruno."-Manchester United legend

Mon 07 December 2020 | 13:52

Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been overly-reliant on match-winners to deliver moments of “individual brilliance”

The Manchester United legend believes that the team will be in trouble without

Bruno Fernandes


Manchester United have done well so far and have won five of their last six matches. But it seems that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team has relied more on the players' individual brilliance. A clear example of this is the 3-1 win over West Ham, while Manchester United was one goal behind, Fernandes entered the match in the 46th minute and was one of the main factors in Red Devils' brilliant performance in the second half.

The former Red Devils defender told his podcast for Sky Sports:

"What Manchester United have is four or five match-winners, game-changers, that play in moments


"My concern is for the longer term because you need performances that knit together that look like an identity is building. I can't quite see what they are yet.

"They can't play without Bruno. I don't know what it is, he's a very good player but you'd think that [Donny] van de Beek and Pogba, [Scott] McTominay in midfield with [Mason] Greenwood, [Edinson] Cavani and [Anthony] Martial would be able to do so much better than that.

"The minute Bruno comes on - and Marcus Rashford as well who probably had a bigger impact - but Bruno's impact on the team is huge. You can't compare Bruno to Harry Kane but you know Kane has an influence on his team that's bigger than just his performances, which are excellent.

"Bruno is exactly the same with this Manchester United team and he's only been there a short amount of time. As soon as he came on, they seemed more arrogant, more connected, more cohesive. I don't know what it is when he doesn't play.

"I can't get excited. Manchester United, if you'd said to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the fans at the start of the season, they would be a couple of points off Liverpool, playing in a group with Paris Saint-Germain and Leipzig and need to go to Leipzig for a draw, in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup hasn't started yet, you'd say it's a pretty good start to the season, it's where I'd expect them to be. How they have got there is the bizarre bit.

"You watch them in matches and you think 'what's that?'. They go to Turkey and they're awful, then beat Leipzig 5-0 at home (the Leipzig win came first). It's up and down, not even from game to game, it's half to half.

"For 20 minutes [against West Ham] they were brilliant but for large portions, it was below par. They have to be consistent but I'm not sure they can because there are players that play individually, they don't knit together.

"With United, I'm still thinking 'what kind of team are they?'. All I can describe them as at the moment is a team that wins games in moments of individual brilliance."

Manchester United will face Leipzig in the last match of the Champions League's group stage on Tuesday, Then will host Manchester City in a crucial Derby next Sunday.

source: SportMob

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