Gary Neville says Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof are so unpredictable you can’t work out if they play for Manchester United or not
- Gary Neville is unsure whether Jose Mourinho needs to add to his squad
- Neville has been to Manchester United’s last three games as a supporter
- He can’t understand why some stars are blowing hot and cold all of the time
Manchester United’s form is so unpredictable that former captain Gary Neville keeps changing his mind if Jose Mourinho needs heavy backing in the transfer market.
Neville, who has been to United’s last three home games as a fan, can’t understand why stars like Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof look great one minute, and hopeless the next.
‘That inconsistency is a real problem. It clouds your judgement on whether someone is a Manchester United player or not. Whether they should stick with him or if they’re not good enough,’ admitted the outspoken Sky Sports pundit.
Gary Neville doesn’t understand why some of Manchester United’s players are so inconsistent
United manager Jose Mourinho may use the January transfer window to strengthen his squad
‘Jose probably thinks “I’m having him, he’s good” and then three weeks later he’s not so sure. And that’s a real difficult situation. Even the fans probably change their view from game to game.’
United face Everton on Sunday having won only one of their last six games at Old Trafford. But they have also looked impressive in patches of matches against Chelsea, Spurs and Newcastle.
Neville says the fluctuations in some players will be troubling Mourinho and the board when deciding the levels of investment needed for new players.
Anthony Martial is one of the United players who hasn’t been a consistent performer
Luke Shaw has proved his doubters wrong and has been brilliant for United recently
‘If you had asked me six months ago if Luke Shaw was going to be Manchester United’s best left-back this season, I wouldn’t have had a clue. Now I’d say Luke Shaw, fantastic.
‘Martial a few weeks ago, I’d have said I’m not sure. Ask me about him this week, and he’s just scored against Chelsea, and I’d say he’s alright.
‘They confuse you. I watched Lindelof on Tuesday night and thought it was one of the best centre-back performances I’d seen in a long time at Old Trafford. You could watch him in two weeks, he might not hit that level and you’re not sure again.’
Left-back Shaw has recently signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford having been set for the exit door following savage criticism from Mourinho. Martial is also in talks over a new deal while Lindelof has gone from whipping-boy to a regular starter in defence.
Victor Lindelof is another player who has frustrated Neville with the way he has performed
Neville, speaking at the book launch of Class of 92 team-mate Ben Thornley, is backing Mourinho to rediscover his mojo. ‘It was suggested in the 2000s that Sir Alex was past it, when Jose had first come in at Chelsea, Arsene Wenger had “The Invincibles” at Arsenal and Rafa Benitez took Liverpool to two Champions League finals.
‘They are saying the same now about Jose, pointing to Klopp, Pochettino and Guardiola. But this is only a moment of time, a period in a 20-year management career. Jose was successful 18 months ago and I think he will be successful again.
‘If Jose Mourinho left Manchester United today, he will have won two major trophies, lost an FA cup final, finished second in the League and qualified for the Champions League twice in two-and-a-half years. It’s not as big a dip as people think.’
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