Gary Neville delivers brutal Man Utd verdict – Liverpool ‘obliterated’ us


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It was an afternoon to forget for Manchester United at Old Trafford (Picture: Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Gary Neville delivered a scathing verdict of Manchester United’s performance against Liverpool, insisting his former side were ‘obliterated, pulled to pieces and dismantled.’

United suffered an humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford as Mo Salah helped himself to a hat-trick.

United rarely threatened, looked short of a game plan and conceded several goals as a result of sloppy defending.

And Neville did not hold back at full-time when dissecting United’s performance.

‘I didn’t think it would ever get as bad as that today, as bad as it’s been in this fixture or as distance between the two clubs over maybe 40-50 years, it’s always been a tight game more often than not,’ said Neville.

‘That was a shocker, an absolute shocker and the timing couldn’t have been worse because it’s been building now for a couple of weeks against what I’ve called half-decent teams.

‘And as soon as they’ve played a proper team they’ve been obliterated, pulled to pieces, dismantled.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Pressure is growing on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

‘I didn’t think they’d play like that today because I thought they’d flick a switch but you can’t flick a switch in football.

‘That Manchester United group of players they get out run. They’re one of the lowest running teams in the league.

‘We know that from the stats we see week in, week out, and there’s nothing worse than being told you’re one of the lowest running teams in the league and that you’re easy to play against… but they are both and that’s a poor reflection on the manager, the staff and the players.’

United look way off the pace in mounting a challenge for the title and sit eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Red Devils will now need to pick themselves up and regroup ahead of playing Tottenham on Saturday, and captain Harry Maguire admits every single player needs to take a look at themselves and improve.

‘It hurts. The boys are devastated, it is not good enough, nowhere near good enough,’ he said.

‘I am not here to analyse the game. It is not good enough. Our fans stuck with us throughout. We apologise to them, they deserve more. We have to move on and we have to improve.

‘At the moment I am hurt, disappointed, I am looking at myself, every player should do. Every player has to look at themselves because to lose that game in the way we did is so way near good enough.’

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