Gary Neville believes Fellaini, Lukaku and Mata are likely to face uncertain future at United
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to replicate the methods of Liverpool and Manchester City by using pace as the main threat in his team’s attack, claims club legend Gary Neville.
Talking about Solskjaer’s tactics, Neville believes that the trio of Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku is likely to see their playing time reduce drastically.
Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial all impressed as United registered their sixth straight win under Solskjaer, beating Spurs 1-0 courtesy of Rashford’s clinical finish from Paul Pogba’s accurate long pass in the first half.
“Looking at what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done, he’s left out Lukaku, he’s left out Mata most of the time, it’s not a reflection on those two players but they do slow down attacks,” Neville said on Sky Sports during the match.
“They can’t move from one box to another quickly, all these players can run, along with the quality they have. Fellaini as well.
“They are two players who can potentially add things from the bench but they can’t play at this pace, they can’t make the movements of Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Pogba, they are not capable of doing it, they haven’t got the physical attributes to do it.
“It [pace] is the basis of every team, you look at Manchester City with Sterling and Sane or Liverpool with Salah and Firmino, every team has to have those players and with the likes of Mata, Lukaku and Fellaini in the team, it was too slow.”
With United going great guns under their new manager, it will be interesting to see how the Norwegian rotates his player in the upcoming fixtures.