Manchester United legend Gary Neville has singled three current Red Devils out for praise for their recent performances.
While Jose Mourinho has led the club to their best points haul in recent years, there still seems to be an air of doom and gloom around the club, most likely created by the 15 point gap that Manchester City has opened up ahead of them in the Premier League.
Several players have come in for criticism, including the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – but former United captain Gary Neville has singled out three of the current squad for praise. Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said:
“Jesse Lingard’s improvement has shown he has everything you want from a Manchester United player.
“Not in terms of skills necessarily but in terms of passion, commitment and loving the badge.
“Those are the most important characteristics for United players. Those players will always deliver more.
“United is a big place to play and you have to have the desire and resilience.
“I’ve heard people challenge him, saying he’s not good enough, saying get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in, get Anthony Martial in.
“No, let’s get Lingard in because he has all of the characteristics you want.”
Lingard has scored 11 goals so far this season, a career best, including four in as many games over the festive period.
He also reserved praise for two of Man Utd’s more senior players:
“People are viewing this period as a difficult period but he, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are shining like lights because they’ve got the underbelly and fight.
“What fans want is loyalty and care for the shirt and that is such an important characteristic.
“It shouldn’t be underestimated what that has been to United since the ’90s.”
When it comes to Manchester United, there aren’t many better qualified to speak about them than Neville, who made 602 appearances for the club, winning eight Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, three FA Cups and two League Cups during his time at Old Trafford.