Gary Neville: Why Man United were close to perfect away performance

Gary Neville says it would be a different story if Memphis Depay score Man United's late chance

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville says Manchester United were close the perfect away performance after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy set a new Premier League record after he scored in his 11th successive top-flight game to give Leicester a first-half lead at King Power Stadium.

Depay has a chance with five minutes to go, and it’s very nearly the perfect away performance

Gary Neville

However, Schweinsteiger scored his first United goal to level for the visitors on the stroke of half-time, powering a header past Kasper Schmeichel.

Louis van Gaal introduced Memphis Depay as Wayne Rooney’s replacement with 20 minutes remaining, and the Netherlands international missed a late chance after the 22-year-old blazed an attempt over the crossbar.

Speaking on Sky Sports following the stalemate, Neville insisted United would be reflecting on a professional away performance if Memphis had converted his late chance at King Power Stadium.

“I’m torn with Manchester United. The heart, the fan [in me] is listening to the noise,” Neville said.

“The head is saying: ‘There’s a lot of very good things, if you can dominate every single game, with 60, 65 per cent possession, if you can keep the clean sheets and have the best defensive record in the league.’

“Depay has a chance with five minutes to go, and it’s very nearly the perfect away performance.

“When you don’t win, people will say it is boring, it’s not expansive enough, and that’s why I’m a little torn in this moment in time.

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“Where they are at this moment in time is a fantastic achievement. Results are important, the style of play might not be everyone’s cup of tea, however I do think they are one or two players away from being a team who could easily win the league.”

The Red Devils are a point behind joint leaders Manchester City and Leicester ahead of the visit of West Ham United net weekend.

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