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Neville warned Man Utd of Liverpool embarrassment with Villa claim

Gary Neville had warned Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about a possible embarrassment against Liverpool this evening, after making a strong Aston Villa claim earlier this month.

The former United right-back suggested United couldn’t cope defensively against ‘half decent’ teams like ‘Aston Villa and Everton’ prior to Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Old Trafford.

Dean Smith’s Villa beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford last month and Solskjaer’s side have failed to win a Premier League game ever since.

Following United’s latest defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, Sky Sports pundit Neville said: “That was a shocker, an absolute shocker.

“The timing couldn’t be worse because it’s been building now for a few weeks against what I’ve called half decent teams.

“As soon as they’ve played a proper team they’ve been obliterated, pulled to pieces, dismantled.

“And I didn’t think they would play like that today because I thought they’d flick a switch but you can’t flick a switch in football, that Manchester United team gets outrun. That’s a poor reflection on the manager, the staff, and the players.”

Ten days before United’s loss to rivals Liverpool, Neville, speaking on Sky Sports’ Youtube show, The Overlap, suggested that United were already struggling to defend against ‘inferior’ teams like Villa.

“The idea that Man United are going to become a pressing team with Cristiano (Ronaldo) up front is never going to happen, he wasn’t pressing 10 years ago, 15 years ago,” Neville warned.

“So what’s the style at Manchester United? Are they a counter attacking team? That becomes difficult when you’re playing teams who are inferior to you most of the time.

“So what you get is teams like Aston Villa and Everton then counter attacking, a bit of quality, a half decent team against Manchester United would cut through them and that’s a problem. They’ve got to stop that.”

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