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Monday, September 22, 2014

United's 'soft-centred' were bullied : Gary Neville

United's 'soft-centred' were bullied : Gary Neville
Gary Neville said that United were 'soft-centred' and 'bullied' in the 3-5 capitulating to Leicester City with shambolic defending in the second half at the King Power Stadium. The former Reds pointed finger at the players, branding them ‘not tough enough’. Neville said: "They're a lot better going forward than they have been in the last 12-18 months but in the first half when every ball that got played forward from distance, a Leicester player won it. In the second period, a decision goes against them but make no mistake about it, they're soft-centred and not tough enough. I thought United's 3 midfielders and back 4 got bullied. Credit to Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa, both ran them ragged. It wasn't intricate play or world-class football. It's just grit, hard work with a bit of quality mixed in with it and United couldn't deal with the physicality of that team.

"Defensive organisation is one thing, but they've got to be more competitive than that and win battles and one-on-one duels, because they were soft-centred in that game.

"Even though things were going against them with a bad refereeing decision, if you can't compete...You're playing away in the Premier League at Leicester - what did they expect?

"Have they not learned their lessons from the Everton game a few weeks ago? You've got to be physical, you've got to stand up to your man and you've got to win headers, win your tackles and give them no encouragement. They didn't do that. Leicester got encouragement, I thought, in the first half not just the second half.

"Their (United's) three goals were brilliant, they were absolutely fantastic goals but, they're going to get done week in week out. That was a proper test for them today against Leicester."