Manchster United legend Neville fires Van Gaal and Mourinho verdict to Solskjaer

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville claims the performance against Crystal Palace on Wednesday was reminiscent of “boring” showings under former managers Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. United were held to a goalless draw in a drab affair at Selhurst Park. The Red Devils have now drawn five of their last seven Premier League matches.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led United to second place in the table, 14 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

But Neville was in no way infused by what he saw at Palace on Wednesday as his former side limped their way to a point.

“It wasn’t a good night for United,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“You can’t have too many performances like that. I said under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho that you can’t be boring.

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“That was boring tonight watching that.”

Both Van Gaal and Mourinho were sacked by United in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

United are six points above fourth-placed West Ham, though the Hammers have a game in hand.

And Neville thinks Solskjaer’s side have a fight to confirm a top four spot this season.

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He continued: “They look worn. We know the fans aren’t in the stadium and we know there’s not been a lot of football.

“But they really did look lethargic tonight and well off it. The body language, they looked really drained.

“I thought progress in the last few weeks had been made in the sense that they would cement that second place by picking three points at places like Crystal Palace.

“They’re now making it really hard for themselves. If you were Liverpool and Chelsea watching this at home, you’d be thinking ‘right we’re in with a right chance’.

“They look leggy. Manchester United have got to find something from somewhere.

“There was no sort or urgency at the end of the game. You expected United to throw everything at it.

“Off the bench you expected some of the young lads to come on and do something, take a chance or a risk.

“But almost a fear that Palace could counter attack.”

Next up for United is the Manchester derby against Manchester City this Sunday at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola’s side head into the match in contrasting form to the Red Devils, having won their last 21 games in all competitions.

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