Jamie Carragher has said that he thinks Manchester United’s performance in the first 30 minutes against Manchester City was the best any side has played at the Etihad Stadium since Pep Guardiola took charge.
Having started last week under mounting pressure over his future, United boss Ole Gunnar silenced his critics with a win over Tottenham on Wednesday before making a statement with a 2-1 defeat of the champions on Saturday.
The Red Devils scored two goals through a Marcus Rashford penalty and Anthony Martial’s goal but could have added more in a blistering first 30 minutes and, speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, Carragher was keen to sing his praises for the team.
“That was the best 30 minutes I have ever seen anyone play at the Etihad, especially in the last three years,” the pundit said. “Take away maybe Pep [Guardiola]’s first season in England, I think Liverpool at Anfield in a Champions League game really did well.
“But this is away at the Etihad and I thought it was devastating and it was Man Utd. Not just Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s Man Utd, but Man Utd going back years at their best. Quality football and it felt like 100mph, but with quality.
“And a lot’s been made of Man City and maybe their press is not quite right, but I actually think even Man City at their best, maybe last season, would have found this difficult.”
The Frenchman, who has suffered with injury this season, made his comeback in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in October and has since scored three goals and assisted two others.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville has said that such form could either be a sign of the forward developing his form or holding back his true ability.
“Martial, I think, Jose [Mourinho] would have probably sold him or swapped him last season. I think the club dug their heels in, probably the start of their dispute of them between them in terms of overruling the manager.
“Myself, I’m confused as to whether he’s a world-class striker or whether he’s someone who is going to pretend to be something.”