Gary Neville makes surprising admission after Man Utd's draw to Everton

Ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville was surprisingly optimistic about his former side following their capitulation against Everton.

United conceded in the 95th minute to drop more points in the title race as a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal gave the Toffees a share of the spoils in an enthralling 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.

Neville has been critical of United this season, even when the Red Devils topped the Premier League table a fortnight ago.

United’s collapse against Everton means they trail leaders Manchester City by five points, having played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side.

However, despite admitting the disappointment of the draw, Neville said he saw signs in the draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s men that United are a better team now than some of their results suggested earlier in the season.

‘Manchester United have won games and I’ve thought, “what was that?”,’ Neville told SkySports.

‘I thought it was a really good performance last night, things looked really connected. We spoke about goalkeeping mistakes by Alisson, there were mistakes from David de Gea as well.

‘It was a bizarre game but credit to Everton because they kept going. It was a real disappoint for Manchester United because I’ve seen them play a lot worse than that this season and yet win.

‘I thought the performance was really good. There will be questions marks over the centre-backs and the goalkeeper, that will start to come. But quite often this season they’re defending quite well. It was the reverse last night, they defended poorly in moments and played well going forward.’

With United trailing in the Premier League, the club’s best chance of silverware this term is likely to come in the FA Cup.

The Red Devils take on West Ham on Tuesday, which is a tie they earned by knocking out Liverpool in the previous round.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make a number of changes to his side, with the likes of Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata, Alex Telles and Anthony Martial likely to come into the team.

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