Gary Neville confused by Manchester United’s lack of pressure on West Brom in possession

by Sam Peoples

Gary Neville was frustrated by Manchester United’s lack of pressure on West Brom whenever they were in possession.

United have started off games very fast in recent weeks which has helped them dominate a lot of early proceedings but last night against West Brom, the home side had 87% of possession in the first five minutes and it set the tone for most of the game.

There was some pressure from United’s players when West Brom were in possession but nothing sustained enough to cause an issue and Neville was frustrated as to why that was the case.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: “I’m not having that [no pressure on the ball].

“I don’t understand how Manchester United play West Brom or Sunderland away and show them that respect.”


To be fair to United under Louis van Gaal, they have adopted a more pressing game but Ander Herrera is a major cog in that system, so without him there was nobody to chase the ball down as effectively.

Marouane Fellaini‘s introduction changed that somewhat but West Brom were still afforded too much time on the ball, which no doubt contributed to their impressive performance.

Against Chelsea on Sunday, United certainly cannot give the like of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard so much room because they will be punished for it.

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