Gary Neville has discussed Manchester United’s midfield transformation following the club’s ‘big moment’ in beating rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side secured a derby double over the Premier League champions courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford, goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay securing a precious three points.
The win extended United’s unbeaten run to ten games in all competitions and leaves the club firmly in the hunt for a top four finish and Champions League qualification, and Neville believes the win could prove to be a ‘big moment’ in the season for Solskjaer’s side.
“There are not many times in recent years where I have seen the stadium bouncing like that where the whole stadium is at it,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I have not seen it like this for a long time. A rare moment. But it was a good day for United and they needed it as well.
“It still doesn’t give them what they want in terms of a Champions League place or a top-four finish but something like that was a big moment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and those players.”
Following the win Neville was also full of praise for United’s midfield contingent, hailing the improved performances of both Nemanja Matic and Fred alongside impressive mid-season arrival Bruno Fernandes.
“I was thinking about United’s midfield and I think universally United fans would say that it has been pathetic for 18 months,” added Neville.
“But you look at McTominay, you look at Fred, you look at Nemanja Matic who looks a different player, and you look at Bruno, and all of a sudden United have a midfield when it had been non-existent.
“Are they the best group of Manchester United players that have been here even in the last eight years? No, not for a talent. But they are a far easier group to like because they want to be here.”
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