Gary Neville: Manchester United lack pace

by Ben Topliss

Gary Neville has criticised Manchester United’s lack of pace in attack following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City on Sunday.

Louis van Gaal‘s side dominated possession for the entire game but, apart from a promising first 20 minutes, failed to maintain any real level of menace in their moves forward.

Man United’s lethargic attacking four of Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney failed to pull apart Swansea’s defence all afternoon.

Neville believes that the current crop of United players lack pace and conviction in their attacking moves.


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United’s attacking ethos as a club revolves around incisive attacking football; this style doesn’t aim to simply churn out results, but instead to batter the enemy into submission. Against Swansea, and indeed for the entire season so far, United’s attacking displays have been nervous and indifferent, which translates into slow, predictable performances.

As demonstrated against Club Brugge, the side has what it takes to blow opposition out of the water; but it seems like van Gaal’s tactical rigidity in Premier League matches is hampering United’s attacking verve, stopping them from flying forward like they did against the Belgian side.

United would certainly benefit from more attacking reinforcements in the next couple of days, and, as far as the fans are concerned, this is something van Gaal needs to see to pretty quickly. However, there would also be a great deal of benefit in allowing United’s current players more attacking freedom in matches like these.