Gary Neville thinks that Manchester United could ‘wilt’ when they face West Ham on Sunday afternoon due to a lack of robustness in the side.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying to rebuild his Manchester United side in the summer, the Norwegian has started the Premier League campaign with a very young-looking side, with the average age of his side at around 24, with a lot of inexperienced players being given opportunities.
The Red Devils were hammered 3-1 on their last visit to the London Stadium, with the East London outfit seemingly being buoyed by the raucous crowd and big occasion.
Speaking about the game, former United full-back Neville has said that West Ham will once again prove to be a ‘really dangerous’ prospect, suggesting Solskjaer’s young side could ‘wilt’.
“You look at this West Ham team and it goes back to the time of when they had the likes of Paolo Di Canio and players who you knew would step up to the big games,” Neville said on Sky Sports Friday Night Football.
“You look at Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Sebastien Haller and you can feel that the atmosphere will be hostile for Man United on Sunday. The reason those players are at West Ham is because they have quality, but they can’t play at the highest level. However, they can play in those one-off games – they can play in moments in matches, and that makes West Ham really dangerous against Man United.
“If you shake this Man United team, you rattle it and cause it a problem, it can wilt a little bit. It’s not quite robust enough yet to come through the really difficult moments. It will be interesting to see if Man United can cause West Ham those difficult moments on Sunday.
“It is another potentially risky game and you can drop points if you’re not particularly at it. To get through it would be huge for Man United. Ole is very young at the club and the team doesn’t look fully developed by any stretch of the imagination, but Sunday is a big game to continue what they have done for the last week.”