Gary Neville has highlighted the tactics used at throw-ins as a measurement for how poor he thought Manchester United were against Sheffield United on Sunday.
The Red Devils were bossed for 70 minutes at Bramall Lane and went 2-0 down, before three quick goals put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side back in front only for Oli McBurnie to equalise at the death.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville picked out the lack of movement and energy from the United players at one particular throw-in as an example of why Solskjaer‘s men struggled against the Blades.
“I’ve just watched it again this morning and I’ve picked three throw-ins as being a barometer,” the former United full-back said. “You’re away from home and Graeme Souness said it at half time – you’ve got to earn the right to play.
“[United] win a throw-in down on the left-hand side. [There’s] absolutely nothing. It’s the most simple throw-in in the world -from someone who used to take a lot of throw-ins – just for Marcus Rashford to take a little movement.
“You could potentially dribble away down the side and switch it to James, you could actually be on the attack. Not an absolute jot of energy or movement, nothing from him. Fred has to fill that space in the end.
“In the end, Brandon Williams has to go back to his centre-back and they’re getting pressed. Nothing from that front free and this was happening all the time.”
United face Astana in the Europa League on Thursday before playing Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.