Gary Neville discusses ‘absolutely dramatic’ Man United transformation
Gary Neville says Man United could have beaten Arsenal if Red Devils had played like they did at Everton
Gary Neville has hailed Manchester United’s “absolutely dramatic” transformation after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Everton.
The Red Devils rebounded from a 3-0 loss to Arsenal at The Emirates before the international break in an emphatic style at Goodison Park as goals from Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin.
I’m sure Louis van Gaal will be thinking, ‘what if I employed these tactics against Arsenal’. It could have been different but Arsenal did play really well
And former United defender Neville was particularly impressed by the performance of United’s midfield duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin against the Toffees midfield.
“The contrast from the Arsenal defeat to Saturday was absolutely dramatic,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“You could argue no two games are the same but both Arsenal and Everton are good at playing out from the back.
“Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger started to connect with each other. They never got detached. It was a very, very good tactic against Everton, who became frustrated and could never play through United. It was a case of Manchester United being patient and compact in their defending.
“As soon as the ball went into the midfield area they pressed but they never had one of their central midfield players going rogue – they all stayed tight together.”
Neville added that manager Louis van Gaal must be ruefully regretting his tactics in north London earlier this month after United’s emphatic win at Goodison Park.
Neville continued: “As a tactic, it worked brilliantly in the game. Everton didn’t have an answer to it. They couldn’t get Ross Barkley or Steven Naismith into the pockets.
“I’m sure Louis van Gaal will be thinking, ‘what if I employed these tactics against Arsenal’. It could have been different but Arsenal did play really well.”
The Red Devils face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night before Van Gaal’s men welcome Manchester City in the derby at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
The 20-time English champions are in third place in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders, City.