Neville: Man Utd players need to work "like absolute dogs" every game

Sun 17 October 2021 | 9:20

The Manchester United legend says the Red Devils must change their work ethic.

Manchester United were defeated 4-2 by Leicester City in their Premier League match on Saturday. The Red Devils extended their winless league run to three matches as goals from Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka sealed a crucial victory for the Foxes.

The Red Devils once again displayed an underwhelming performance in the final third, being unable to activate their attacking potentials. Cristiano Ronaldo was recalled to the starting XI but his performance was far from convincing against Leicester’s well-organized defense.

Gary Neville believes the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, and Jadon Sancho need to step up their performances quickly by adopting a whole new work ethic.

"They've got this real conundrum with Pogba and Fernandes, they've got this real conundrum with Ronaldo and Cavani, another conundrum with Greenwood, Rashford and Sancho,"

Neville told 

Sky Sports

. "You put all these teams into a unit when out of possession, and those players' strengths aren't out of possession.

"The great players are able to do it in both ways, but they're biased towards the attacking side of the game. What Manchester United's star players need is to have the work ethic of Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, and Sadio Mane. World-class players who work like absolute dogs every game. I don't see that among United's most talented players."

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is once again in danger of losing his job, with the club’s fanbase getting increasingly frustrated by the team’s underwhelming performances.

 "The pressure will build on the manager and the pressure will build on the players,"

he added.

"They won't do anything with the manager. Ultimately, I think the club are stable in this respect in what's happened in the last 10 years. I think they recognise that they are going to go through these moments.

"They are integrating [Raphael] Varane, Sancho and Ronaldo and I feel they'll see it through but there is massive pressure. It's not coming. It's here. It was there before the international break and it's not going to go away. It should be there. It's Manchester United. They've spent a fortune and they've got some of the best players in the world."

Manchester United will face Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday, before hosting Liverpool in the Premier League four days later.

source: SportMob

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