Soft-centred Man United must be more competitive, says Gary Neville

Manchester United legend Gary Neville criticises the Red Devils for a lack of fighting spirit at Leicester City

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville says “soft-centred” Manchester United must be more competitive after a 5-3 loss at Leicester City.

Louis van Gaal’s side had led 2-0 and 3-1 before David Nugent’s penalty and Esteban Cambiasso’s close-range strike dragged the Foxes level with 28 minutes remaining at King Power Stadium.

Make no mistake about it, United are soft-centred. They’re not tough enough

Gary Neville

Jamie Vardy put the newly-promoted side ahead with 11 minutes remaining before Tyler Blackett was sent off for hauling down the Leicester man, allowing Leonardo Ulloa complete his brace from the spot.

And former United defender Neville criticised United’s soft centre, insisting it isn’t simply a case of the Red Devils producing world-class football under Van Gaal.

“Going forward, they are a lot better than they have been in the past 18 months, that is a positive to start with,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“But in the first half, every ball that got played in from a distance, a Leicester play won it whether it be the first ball or second ball.

“But make no mistake about it, United are soft-centred. They’re not tough enough.

“The midfield three of United and the back four got bullied. Credit to Leicester, Vardy and Alloa, they ran United ragged.

“It wasn’t world-class football. It was hard work. United couldn’t deal with the physicality of the team.

“They’re going to have to be more competitive because they’re soft-centred – there is no doubt!”

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