Gary Neville names three Man United stars who are ‘shining like lights’

Gary Neville singles Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia out for special praise following their recent Man United displays

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Manchester United star Antonio Valencia Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville has singled out Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia for special praise following their impressive form for Manchester United during a difficult spell.

The Red Devils endured something of a frustrating festive period as they were held to three successive draws by Leicester, Burnley and Southampton before finally returning to winning ways against Everton last week.

Those results have caused Manchester United to fall even further off the pace in the race for the Premier League title, with Jose Mourinho’s men now a staggering 15 points behind leaders Manchester City after 22 games of the season.

However, former Manchester United defender Neville has been hugely impressed by Lingard, Young and Valencia’s performances for the Red Devils in recent weeks and says they have been one of the few positives from the festive period.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “People are viewing this period as a difficult period but he [Lingard], Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are shining like lights because they’ve got the underbelly and fight.

“What fans want is loyalty and care for the shirt and that is such an important characteristic. It shouldn’t be underestimated what that has been to United since the ’90s.”

Manchester United will return to Premier League action next Monday night when they take on Stoke City at Old Trafford.

It remains to be seen whether Manchester United will sign any players in the January transfer window as Mourinho considers bolstering his squad this month after having landed three new players in the summer window.

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