Gary Neville explains what type of player Man United are missing

Gary Neville says Man United would be top of the table with Gareth Bale, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo in their side

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville says Manchester United would be Premier League leaders if Louis van Gaal had Gareth Bale, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo at his disposal.

The Red Devils had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw with surprise pace-setters Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off.

I do think they are quite close when I think about it with my head, but my heart thinks I’d like to see them die trying a little bit more and go for it

Gary Neville

The 20-time English champions registered just two shots on target as Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney didn’t have any clear-cut opportunities at King Power Stadium.

Van Gaal’s side are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games since a 3-0 loss to Arsenal in early October, winning three times.

Former United defender Neville believes the Red Devils are close to turning a corner but lack a match-winner in their starting XI.

“If you put two more players into Manchester United’s team, say a Gareth Bale or a Cristiano Ronaldo into that team, that team could win the league. Because the structure that is being built at this moment in time is solid,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“But they need that match-winner, that Neymar, that Luis Suarez, the one that is going to light up a game and score one or two goals to take it away, then all of a sudden they would look like a Barcelona, because they’re dominating possession, making teams look foolish.

“Even in the last 15 minutes, they didn’t fully commit to winning the game. Historically, you would like to see punch after punch, you would want to see bodies being thrown forward, but you might get caught on the counter attack and lose 2-1 that way.

“But that’s not the way in which this Manchester United team play, and the heart wants them to go forward, commit players and be reckless in some ways.

“I do think they are quite close when I think about it with my head, but my heart thinks I’d like to see them die trying a little bit more and go for it.

“But he’s a year-and-a-half in, Louis van Gaal, and he should get a lot more time to do what he wants to do. I was in the same opinion when David Moyes was at Manchester United, and I’m in the same opinion now.”

Martial hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since a 3-2 win at Southampton on 20 September.

United captain Wayne Rooney has scored twice in 12Premier League games this season.

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