Gary Neville runs rule over Man United’s performance at Arsenal
The Manchester United legend discusses his former side's 3-0 loss at Arsenal
Gary Neville says Manchester United were “outnumbered, out-played and out-fought” in their 3-0 defeat by Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils were trailing 2-0 at The Emirates inside seven minutes after goals from Arsenal duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the clash in north London on Sunday afternoon.
The former Barcelona striker made it 3-0 to end the game as a content after just 20 minutes, and the visitors couldn’t make any inroads against Arsene Wenger’s side.
They got dismantled in that first half and the two full-backs got exposed against very, very good Arsenal play
And Neville accused United of being unprepared for the north London side’s strengths after an emphatic defeat by their bitter rivals, which allowed Arsenal to hoist themselves above the Red Devils into second place.
“Manchester United looked shell-shocked and it didn’t look like they’d prepared for Arsenal’s strengths – which were Cazorla in midfield and stopping him playing and Ozil getting in space.
“I have to say the tactic around the use of Schweinsteiger in the first half was odd. Not maybe to start with. If you look at the very start of the game, Manchester United’s back four were pushed really far up the pitch. It looked like they were on the front foot and were going to go for them.
“After four or five minutes and you’re 2-0 down you think it must stop. You have to retreat. You have to do something different and there was no change at all in the first half from United; no adaptation from what was happening.
“Schweinsteiger, Carrick and Rooney got completely outnumbered, out-played and out-fought. Everything you wouldn’t want in a central midfield.
“It exposed them. Mata and Depay don’t get back and double up with Darmian and Young and it exposed Manchester United’s full-backs in particular.
“Darmian probably had the most difficult game he’s had. He’s done very well since coming over from Italy, but he really struggled today and was subbed at half time.
“That midfield that protected Manchester United’s back four in the past few weeks has been a very compact unit all the way through the team, but it wasn’t there today. They got dismantled in that first half and the two full-backs got exposed against very, very good Arsenal play.”
United dropped to third place in the Premier League table following their humiliating defeat.
Arsenal travel to Watford in their next Premier League outing, whilst United make the short journey to Everton.