Manchester United’s midfield pairing of Fred and Andreas Pereira is not good enough for a mid-table Premier League side let alone a club of the Red Devils’ stature, according to Gary Neville.
The Brazil internationals once again started in the heart of Man Utd’s midfield during Sunday’s clash against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
However, they struggled to get a grip on the game as the Blades stormed into a 2-0 lead early in the second half, though the match eventually finished in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Former Man Utd defender Neville believes the duo just aren’t good enough for a team of United’s size and ambition, though he did point to mitigating factors including injuries to key players that have forced manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hand.
Reflecting on United’s performance in south Yorkshire, Neville told Sky Sports Monday Night Football: “I’m disappointed with their away performances in general and the way they approach the games.
“Defensively the system didn’t work in terms of the back five in the first half. It looked like one team knew how to play it and the other didn’t.
“The midfield I’m not going into because Fred and Pereira is not a midfield. It is not a midfield for a mid-table club let alone one of the top spending clubs in Europe, though they have got injury problems and other issues in that area.”