Gary Neville ‘staggered’ by Arsenal’s desperation against Man United

Gary Neville criticises Arsenal's approach during a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville admits he was staggered by Arsenal’s desperate approach during the second half of their 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday.

The Gunners looked the better side for majority of the opening 55 minutes as Jack Wilshere drew a top-class save from United goalkeeper David De Gea in the first half.

The way to chase a goal is stay in attack, constant pressure, ring-fence the box, make sure you don’t get punctured on the counter-attack

Gary Neville

However, Arsene Wenger’s side threw caution to the win after Kieran Gibbs’s own goal with 35 minutes remaining, ultimately paying the price as Wayne Rooney scored a goal on the counter-attack.

And former United defender Neville felt the north London side were naïve in their bid to get back on level terms.

“You look at Mertesacker, Cazorla, Arteta, they shouldn’t be naïve really. They have a lot of experience those players,” Neville said on Sky Sports’s Monday Night Football.

“What I was staggered by was the immediate desperation in Arsenal’s game when they went 1-0 down. There is a way to play when you’re 1-0 down.

“You played a different way for the previous 55 minutes and you’ve 35 minutes to go in a match, you’ve played in a measured way to get a goal.

“Why all of a sudden your whole game plan goes out of the window and you try to do something different and get desperate with so much of the game to go.

“There is a way to chase a goal and there is a way not to. The way to chase a goal is stay in attack, constant pressure, ring-fence the box, make sure you don’t get punctured on the counter-attack.

“But United looked capable of scoring two, three or four.”

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