Gary Neville slates “sloppy” Man Utd with players lethargic from minute one at Norwich


Gary Neville warned Manchester United’s performances have to improve, after he described their display against Norwich City as “sloppy”.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half penalty ensured Ralf Rangnick’s side ground out a 1-0 away victory against Dean Smith’s struggling Canaries.

It was the former RB Leipzig manager’s second consecutive Premier League victory as United manager, as he became the first Red Devils’ boss in 118-years to keep two clean sheets in their first two matches.

But despite the victory, the former United captain bemoaned their display as Norwich pushed them all the way.

Neville also warned Rangnick’s Reds will need to drastically improve if they are to secure another three points in their next match against Brentford.

Gary Neville was scathing towards United's display against Norwich City
Gary Neville was scathing towards United’s display against Norwich City

“It wasn’t a good performance. Against any other team in the league that would have caused them real problems,” Neville said after the game.

“They go to Brentford on Tuesday night and they have to better than that otherwise they will get beaten. I do think they will.

“On the ball they were so sloppy it’s untrue. They gave it away so many times it was unbelievable.

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Rangnick's side were far from their best, despite winning at Carrow Road
Rangnick’s side were far from their best, despite winning at Carrow Road

“Any other team in the league playing against Manchester United today would have probably at least get the point or maybe wins the game.”

While several elements of United’s game may have been disjointed, their clean sheet at Carrow Road was only their sheet of the domestic campaign.

All eyes are on Rangnick, as the German continues to implement the highly regarded ‘Gegenpressing’ philosophy which accompanied his entrance into England.

However, Neville also believes the Reds did not cohesively press with the assertive and intense gusto the 63-year-old manager is well known to demand from his players.

Cristiano Ronaldo lashed home a second-half penalty to secure the points for United
Cristiano Ronaldo lashed home a second-half penalty to secure the points for United

“We were told before the first game and all week that United will be high energy and high press,” Neville added.

“That did not exist today and it will be interesting to understand why.

“I will be interested to see Rangnick’s interview to see whether they’ve done a hard week of training and if that was result of this or whether he wanted his players to sit off a bit and not press.

“The most important thing for United is the three points and clean sheet. He will take that all day long. He will see it as a good week but United will have to improve a lot to get anything in the next games.”

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