Gary Neville: This is what Man United fans have really hated
The Manchester United legend believes the club's supporters have been disappointed with a lack of pace in the Red Devils side
Gary Neville believes the Manchester United supporters have been unhappy with the lack of pace in the Red Devils side since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
The 20-time English champions have struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League over the past few seasons under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
However, there have been signs of improvement in recent months following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager in May following the sacking of Van Gaal.
Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has earned a place in Mourinho’s United side in recent weeks and the £30m summer signing has brought much-needed pace to the Red Devils team.
Anthony Martial has also started to find form after the France international’s disappointing start to the 2016-17 season under Mourinho.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Tottenham, Neville explained why Red Devils fans will be encouraged by the recent addition of pace to the starting line-up.
“Manchester United need pace in wide areas,” Neville said.
“The thing that Manchester United fans have hated over the last couple of seasons is that it has been quite passive and mundane. Manchester United should always have quick wide players. In Anthony Martial and Henrik Mkhitaryan, they have.”
Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season.