Gary Neville is hailed the attitude of the current Manchester United scored as the Reds made their unbeaten run at Old Trafford stretch to 36 games with a win at the weekend.
An 81st minute winner from Anthony Martial secured a vital 1–0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon. Until last weekend, when United suffered a shock defeat to Huddersfield Town away from home, Jose Mourinho’s team had been unbeaten all season, other than in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.
United have one of the best defences in Europe, and are still et to concede at home in the Premier League this season, the only team with such a record in Europe’s top five leagues.
”The one thing about this Manchester United team is that they are a really resilient unit,” Neville said.
“One thing you can’t criticise them for is their attitude. They are tough to beat. It’s 36 games now unbeaten at Old Trafford: that’s one hell of a record. A lot of clean sheets… they’ve got something going. There are a lot of positives.”
“Mourinho set up to win the game with two up top, which surprised us. He went for it. It was a struggle of a game but it was one they needed to win. There was pressure on United.”
On The Gary Neville Podcast, he continued: “United would have been seven points behind City with a draw, then City would have had a chance to go 10 points clear next weekend before United played at Chelsea. That would’ve been a big gap. So now, ultimately it gives United a much better chance.”
The former-United captain reiterated a point he has made previously, that nothing else but the Premier League title this season will be acceptable for United, or for rivals Manchester City, given the transfer fees both sides have spent.
“United have got to win the Premier League this season,” he said. “Manchester City have got to win the Premier League, too. Both teams, with the money invested, second isn’t good enough.”
One team, of course, will therefore suffer failure. United’s home form is outstanding and will help them overcome City in the title race, but the Reds have looked less threatening and fearsome so far this season.
If Mourinho’s side can get results, though, as they are doing, how fierce an opposition they seem to be has no relevance.