Gary Neville condemned Manchester United’s performance at Newcastle as “a mess” after describing Ralf Rangnick’s team as “a bunch of whingebags” during a withering half-time assessment.
United were second best against second-bottom Newcastle throughout the game with Edinson Cavani poking in a 71st-minute leveller for an undeserved 1-1 draw.
Newcastle then hit the post as the home team continued to pose the greater attacking threat even with star forwards Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin forced off with injury.
“That was a mess in the second half, in terms of formation, style – it was desperation,” Neville told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football at full-time.
“It was really worrying. I think there will be a lot Rangnick hates about that performance.”
United, playing for the first time in 16 days, fell behind within the opening 19 minutes when Saint-Maximin fired past David de Gea. The forward then spurned a glorious chance at the start of the second half before De Gea made a superb late save to rescue a point for the visitors.
Neville had been scathing in his criticism of the visitors at half-time, repeatedly describing the United players as “whingebags”.
“They’ve not done one single thing right as a team, and not one single player can go in and say they’ve done their jobs, or even done themselves justice,” said Neville. “There were no positives. Nothing.
“They’re whinging at each other! They’re a bunch of whingebags! A bunch of whingebags! Watch them on that pitch, honestly, arms in the air, complaining about everything! Honestly, they’re absolutely shocking out there in that first half. They got the last manager the sack! Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, he’s only had a few weeks with them, but honestly, they’ll get a lot of managers the sack, that lot, if they carry on like that.”
Neville concerned by new formation
Neville had expressed his reservations prior to the game about Rangnick’s preferred 4-2-2-2 formation and those concerns were entrenched by United’s problems at St James’ Park.
“The 4-2-2-2 has been a struggle from an attacking point of view but l also thought that against Norwich [in United’s previous game] that there were signs you could isolate Manchester United’s full-backs.
“I felt for Diogo Dalot tonight. He was exposed at times but he stuck to his task. But let’s be clear, the two centre-halves for Man Utd were absolutely atrocious.
“I don’t know any team in Europe that plays this system really well. It’s a massive ask on the full-backs.”
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