Gary Neville: This Man United side still to reach its potential

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes the current Red Devils side has still not "reached its potential"

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Javier Hernández joined Manchester United in 2010 Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville believes the current Manchester United side has still not “reached its potential”.

The Red Devils won the Premier League title in style, finishing 11 points ahead of deposed champions and bitter rivals Manchester City.

In April, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand both claimed United don’t receive the credit which they deserve after dominating the English top-flight this term.

But Neville believes the Red Devils, who have appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, must repeat their success to be considered truly great.

“When you’re at Manchester United and you’ve had a manager who has built four great teams – ’94, ’99, 2008 and you can now argue this one that has won the league – people are always going to compare teams and look back; I do it myself sometimes,” Neville told United’s website.

“The most important thing to say about this team is it’s on an upward curve. You’ve got players like De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Jones, Cleverley,
Welbeck and Hernández to name eight players who are still young and haven’t reached anywhere near their peak.

“You’ve also got a mix of players in the middle who are at their peak, then you’ve got the experienced lads at the other end. This team has still not reached its potential.

“I’m sure there will be additions to the squad this summer so you’re talking about a team on the up. I think Chelsea are going the same way. They’re going to be a big danger next season.

“I think City have got some manipulating of their squad to do – there will be some toing and froing there. I think United are in a good place.

“Do they get the credit they deserve? You only get that by repeating success – it’s about winning, winning and winning again.”

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