Zlatan, who has netted eight goals this season, has been left out of an attack comprising of Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial and the incessantly overlooked Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“I would then have Paul Pogba to the left in midfield, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera in there. Then ahead of them, I’d have Henrikh Mikhtaryan to the right and then….Anthony Martial to the left and Marcus Rashford up front.
Neville, throughout his 19-year career at Man United, always featured in a side that placed emphasis on fast, ruthless, dynamic attacking displays. No meandering build-ups, just straight for the jugular from the first to last whistle.
This is exactly why Rooney and Zlatan have suffered omission here. Neville knows full well that succeeding at this level requires ruthless levels of conviction and power going forward, and placing two players bereft of running power at the heart of United’s attack is, to Neville at least, hugely detrimental.