Manchester United are a football club in decline. After the interim appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December, the club honestly looked like it was on its way up, with a top four finish appearing a realistic ambition and their Champions League antics against PSG inspiring pure quality.
Since then, they have lost their charm and intent entirely, with Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Everton highlighting all of their flaws.
Speaking after the abysmal loss on his podcast, Gary Neville tore into 6 players in particular for their recent showings: Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and David De Gea.
Talking specifically about the flaws of each of them, the former United player quipped: “Star players those five that can be the best in their position. But all of them at this moment of time are well below their standard.
“Sanchez: I don’t know what’s happened to him. Marcus [Rashford] this last couple of weeks has been nowhere near. I went to both Barcelona games and he looks off it at the moment. He looks like he’s carrying an injury at the moment, or something is not quite right, or the season has caught up with him.”
He goes on to add: “Lukaku: He doesn’t turn up in the big games. That’s been leveled at him for a number of years now. Pogba looks looks like he’s back to the Paul Pogba that was playing under Jose Mourinho, even though he’s been outstanding for the past three months.”
About Martial and De Gea, Neville’s verdict was as follows: “Martial has just come back from injury, but he looks like he’s back in that ambling mood once again. De Gea looks nothing like. He looks distracted.”
A worryingly accurate picture from the pundit. Will these players be included in the mass culling that so many have predicted and prescribed for the club come summer?