Gary Neville lays into Manchester United after crashing out of Champions League

Gary Neville was not surprised that Manchester United crashed out of this season’s Champions League to Atletico Madrid.

The Manchester United legend didn’t get excited or carried away when a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired United beat Tottenham 3-2 on Saturday.

The Sky Sports pundit feels that “any decent team, with organisation and fight are likely to beat this United team”.

Unfortunately for Ralf Rangnick’s side, all of the traits that Neville describes sums up Diego Simeone’s battling Atletico Madrid side.

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El Cholo’s game plan worked to perfection and United looked clueless when trying to break down a stubborn Atletico defence.

Being knocked out of the Champions League means our trophy drought will extend to five years and our season is effectively over by mid-March.

The Reds face an uphill task qualifying for next season’s Champions League with fourth-placed Arsenal being one point ahead of us and having three games in-hand.

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Neville believes that its going to be a “long road” until the end of the season and then Manchester United can start to rebuild with a new permanent manager at the helm.

The club’s former full-back took to Twitter this morning to deliver a brutally honest verdict of where Manchester United currently are as a football team.

Manchester United don’t play for another 17 days until we host Leicester City and in that time Mikel Arteta’s Gunners would have played two of their games in hand against Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Rangnick’s side is relying on other teams to give us a helping hand in our pursuit for fourth spot.

But the chances of us putting a string of positive runs together is highly unlikely given our inconsistencies this season.

As Neville says it’s going to be a long couple of months for Manchester United fans, but unfortunately we’ve been here before and it’s something we’re becoming increasingly accustomed to.

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Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.