Manchester United legend Gary Neville has blasted his former team’s performance vs Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s men lost 1-0 to the Magpies who were more determined and hungry for the result which helped further open the gap to the league leaders Manchester City to 16 points.
United are now surely too far behind to catch up with their fierce rivals and their attentions must turn towards solidifying their second place.
Any more similar results will certainly see them fall down the table as Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all continue to chase the Champions League positions.
Neville believes that the talent is there for the Red Devils but they must fix their attitudes or mentality if they wish to eventually win the Premier League title.
According to Goal, Gary said on his podcast for Sky Sports: “The individual talent is there but to coordinate that into a team is Jose Mourinho’s job in the next few months. He has to make them into a team.
“They look like a team that play five per cent below the intensity that they can play at and should play at. That’s what Jose Mourinho has to do.
“He has to mould this talented group of players into a team that can come together and can win the title. Next season will be Jose’s third season and you would think in his mind, and in everyone’s minds, that he has to win it next season. They have to start preparing now.
“I still think they will finish second and they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League so there is a lot to play for, but they still have these moments where they let games drift.
“They miss chances, they are sloppy in the final third so many times and they have to improve that. They have to become killers in the final third and they are not at the moment.”
Gary Neville’s assessment isn’t far from the truth, most Manchester United fans believe their players don’t know what it truly means to represent the badge and therefore don’t fight for results.
Many believe the club’s winning mentality has practically evaporated and whilst the current squad of players are undoubtedly talented, there’s a real like of positive mentality.
Complacency consistently affects this squad who appear to think that they deserve a win simply because they represent United and seem to have forgotten that their opposition will always fight for a result.
The issue of gelling isn’t necessarily true as the players proved to be fluid earlier in the season and it’s probably more a case of a lack of balance in the team.