Gary Neville responds to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s damning Man Utd observation
The Manchester United legend has responded to the Southampton manager’s request after the Red Devils put on another dismal display in their home draw against Saints.
Former Manchester United star and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has highlighted post-match remarks made by Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
United stumbled again in their quest for a top four finish after being held 1-1 at home to Saints on Saturday afternoon.
Jadon Sancho scored his first goal past the Old Trafford faithful but it was canceled out by Che Adams’ effort just three minutes into the second half.
Boos rang around United’s home at the full-time whistle as the club’s fan base expressed frustration in the third straight 1-1 draw and lackluster overall display.
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After the game, Hasenhuttl openly discussed United’s loophole which he told his players to target, confessing “It’s no big secret that when they lose the ball, going back is not the way to go. best of everyone.”
Although the comments raised eyebrows considering they came from an opposition manager, they come as no surprise when you consider the players who make up United’s midfield and attack.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are hardly renowned for their defensive effort and neither of them covered themselves in glory in their last outing.
Neville responded to Hasenhuttl’s post-match analysis on Twitter by quoting him, before adding: “Imagine being a Manchester United player and having a respected opposition manager say that about you.”
A number of United’s current crop came under fire after the game, with Paul Scholes barely holding back when assessing the display for BT Sport.
“Look at the difference between the United team and the Southampton team, we have to give credit to Southampton that they were brilliant today,” Scholes said.
“The methods, the patterns of play, the two centre-forwards, the midfielders, they were fantastic.
“You look at United, they were everywhere. At one point Scott McTominay was left alone in midfield and then it was Paul Pogba who was left alone in midfield.
“Where Bruno Fernandes played, I don’t know. He’s all over the pitch.
The two wide players, for me, they just didn’t work hard enough.”
Scholes’ latest remark is perhaps the most damning indictment of United’s display and agrees with Hasenhuttl’s assessment.
“This game isn’t always about being in possession, sometimes you have to do things that hurt you a bit, you don’t like to do that,” he explained. “So often this team goes back and it’s so easy to play against.”
United sit fifth in the points standings with fourth-placed West Ham, but have both Arsenal and Tottenham stretched thin.