Gary Neville slams Manchester United’s ‘pathetic, spiritless and spineless’ display in Tottenham thrashing


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Gary Neville has blasted Manchester United’s players for their part in Sunday’s humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

The Red Devils were 4-1 down at half-time thanks to goals from Heung-min Son (2), Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele.

Man United’s players were dominated by Tottenham

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Man United’s players were dominated by Tottenham

Tottenham did not let up in the second-half as Serge Aurier got in on the act before Kane completed his brace from the penalty spot.

United played with ten men for 62 minutes thanks to Anthony Martial’s red card as he raised his arms to Erik Lamela, but they were always second best at Old Trafford.

Red Devils legend Neville branded United’s players ‘pathetic, spiritless and spineless’, but insisted off-the-pitch issues did not help.

He told Sky Sports: “There is no excuse for those 11 players out on that pitch today or 13, 14 players that have played in that game, because they were absolutely pathetic.

“Their body language was terrible. It was spiritless and spineless in that second-half.

“But I think when you’ve got a squad that lacks resilience, lacks the know-how about how to win, you’re then thinking about the off-the-pitch [issues] with Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood, you start thinking about the darkness around recruitment and not getting the players.

It was a miserable day for Man United

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It was a miserable day for Man United

“They see Man City sign players, Liverpool sign players, Chelsea sign players, and the minute Spurs went 2-1 up, it’s almost as if all those negative thoughts drained every single bit of confidence out of them.

“It’s not right, but that’s what happened here.”

Donny van de Beek, a £40million arrival from Ajax, has been United’s only summer signing so far, however, they are set to bring in Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles before Monday’s 11pm deadline.

Neville believes United’s players expected a busier transfer window for the club.

He added: “Ultimately, these players felt as though they wanted support. I alluded to Luke Shaw’s comments a couple of weeks ago when he said they needed players.

“Really good players don’t mind other good players coming into the dressing room.

“I’m sure those Liverpool players when Thiago [Alcantara] came in, they grew 10ft tall because they knew they were being made better by a great player coming in.

“These Manchester United players expected to get some help.

“They’ve not helped themselves today because their own reputation has been damaged because that is nowhere near good enough. But the off-the-pitch stuff does not help.”

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