Manchester United have little chance of winning the Premier League this season, according to Gary Neville, since they "don't play well enough as a team" in comparison to the other teams vying for the crown.
After a good start to the season, the Red Devils have lost three of their last four games in all competitions, most notably in the Premier League against Aston Villa on Saturday.
On a frustrating afternoon for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Kortney Hause gave Villa a 1-0 win, with Bruno Fernandes missing a stoppage-time penalty.
On Sunday night, Manchester United were only one point off the top of the standings, but Neville believes they will not be able to win the title this season due to a lack of squad cohesion, which was exacerbated by the arrival of their three major summer recruits.
‘I said it even when they were winning, even when [Cristiano] Ronaldo scored, they don’t play well enough as a team to win this league in my view. They don’t play well enough as a team,’ Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.
‘I think you have to be a unit in and out of possession, and when you only deliver in moments, those moments won’t go for you in certain games.
‘You need patterns of play, you need a way of playing, and at this moment in time I still see a group of individuals playing in moments, with some patterns and combinations at times, but still, a team where some are pretty new together – Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho – but they’ve got to come together as a team and start to define a style of play. Then you start to get results when you don’t play well.’
According to Neville, Solskjaer now has the burden of integrating the group of excellent players into a team, but he does not believe they will be able to catch Manchester City, Liverpool, or Chelsea this season.
‘I have called them the odd bunch because I still look at them and think of them as a team who win games in moments,’ said Neville.
‘I look at Chelsea, Liverpool, and Man City, they are teams. They put team performances in. That’s not to say United never do, but Ole now has to get United into a team.’
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