Gary Neville as a pundit has been all over the place in recent weeks. One of the biggest advocates of Ole Gunnar Solsksjaer landing the permanent job, the club’s poor performances as of late has perturbed the former player.
As of recent, he’s taken up the more critical stance that most supporters would expect of him. Questioning the club’s past choices has been a recurrent theme and seems to be at the heart of everything that is afflicting the club at the moment.
However, this time around Neville has chosen a specific problem to address, one that has to do with his own spot.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville feels the club had signed the perfect replacement for him in the right-back spot: “I thought when I left that Rafael Da Silva was perfect as a Manchester United full-back. He was tenacious, aggressive, decent on the ball, and he was sold. Maybe rightly so, I’m not sure.”
He then went on to speak about the club’s current options: “Ashley Young is not the person to start criticising at Manchester United; he’s been asked to play right back, left back, left wing back, right wing back. He’s doing it brilliantly well, but he’s not a right back.
“I think Antonio Valencia did well for two seasons but I think he was more of a right winger.”
Neville then properly critiqued the side’s buying policy in the spot and outlined what ought to be done: “I don’t know why United have had such problems at right-back. You can’t keep signing full-backs for £15m. Over the past few years they’ve spent nearly £100m on five full-backs.
“City spent big on Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy. Maybe United would be better buying the correct full-back first time up for £40m or £50m and have them for seven years, because it’s cost them that much in the end trying different full-backs.”