Gary Neville comments on De Jong, Arnautovic and 'unacceptable' window as reality hits home
Gary Neville says Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has had a wake up call after the club’s opening game defeat to Brighton.
United were beaten 2-1 by Brighton at Old Trafford after conceding two first half goals. An own goal was not enough to gain a point.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Neville commented on United’s poor performance, and laid no blame at the manager.
Neville pointed to the players, and the insufficient support Erik ten Hag has received in the transfer window.
‘Reality hit home’
Neville said: “Erik ten Hag will be disappointed as saw encouraging signs in pre-season but reality has hit home.
“At the first sign of pressure, players have gone back to default.”
He went on to lay the blame at the club’s decision makers who have left Manchester United with a poor squad, and suggested that signing players now will come somewhat too late.
Neville added: “There are three to four weeks left in transfer window but he needed three to four weeks [before the season] to work with them [new players].
“The people above him should’ve known that was an unacceptable situation to hand Erik ten Hag that squad at the start of the season.”
He also remarked that Frenkie de Jong, if a deal happens, will not salvage United’s summer. He said: “They need much more than Frenkie de Jong
Neville said he had little to add on reports from The Athletic that Manchester United have made a bid for 33-year-old Marko Arnautovic.
He referred to the Austrian as another panic buy like Odion Ighalo and Radamel Falcao, commenting: “Its a pattern. It’s happening time or time again. I don’t get angry, I don’t even want to comment about it.”
United’s next game is away at Brentford on Saturday at 5.30pm, a fixture the team won 3-1 last season.