Gary Neville has said that beating Tottenham Hotspur in tonights Monday Night Football is the only way that Manchester United’s players can put right their disappointing defeat to Brighton last week.
Having beaten Leicester in the opening game of the season, Manchester United were expected to comfortably brush aside the Seagulls last weekend, but slumped to a shock 3-2 defeat at the AmEx, with Paul Pogba admitting that the player’s attitude was wrong.
While the players’ performance against Brighton was widely described as ‘lacklustre,’ much of the attention in the wake of the defeat has focused on manager Jose Mourinho, but United legend Gary Neville has said that it is the players that need to do the talking on the pitch tonight against Spurs.
“The noise at the moment surrounding United is what everyone’s concentrating on, but just looking at it as a match and Spurs’ history coming to Manchester United – they haven’t turned up in the last two or three years,” Neville said on his Sky Sports Podcast.
“United cannot be anywhere near where they were at Brighton on Sunday. I think this is what they need, they need a big game, they need a big opponent and Tottenham have been friendly opponents at Old Trafford in the last few years.
“I suppose everyone will be queuing up to watch the game in the hope Man United lose, in the hope they can put another nail in the coffin.
“That’s the sort of sense of feeling around the club at the moment, not being helped at times by the performances. You can talk about Jose’s press conferences, the mistakes the team has made, but the only thing that will put it right is to win. The players have that in their hands on Monday.”