Gary Neville slams ‘dismal’ Man Utd and sounds Liverpool warning | Football

The Red Devils conceded 31 shots against Brentford (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)

Gary Neville has ripped into Manchester United following their ‘dismal’ performance against Brentford and fears they could be in ‘a lot of trouble’ against Liverpool next weekend.

The Red Devils left west London with a scarcely deserved point having been second best throughout Saturday’s contest, with Brentford racking up an incredible 31 shots on goal and registering 80 touches in the penalty box.

In their last four games, United have conceded 106 shots and Neville is extremely concerned by their latest outing – particularly the lack of work rate out of possession – ahead of a crunch week that sees them take on Chelsea and Liverpool.

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, he said: ‘I watched them last night and couldn’t believe really what I was watching. I thought they would put a bit of pressure on Tottenham and Villa in the run-in. It’s actually really difficult to play that badly.

‘Honestly, it really is you know. I can’t think of any point in that game, maybe the first few minutes, where they did anything well at all.

‘It was a horrible performance to the point where when Mason Mount scored, I think we may have had to start a petition to give Brentford two points back.

‘It was absolute robbery. But then Brentford score. I can’t explain that performance, I’ve no idea where it comes from. Very worrying that you can go to that level of low.

Manchester United draw with Brentford in the Premier League

Brentford had to wait until the 99th minute to finally score (Picture: Getty)

‘You know you can play badly in football, you know you sometimes don’t feel quite right.

‘But that was a dismal, dismal effort in an attempt to play football, in an attempt to work as hard as you possibly can. When you give the ball away, their reaction is non-existent. They really are one of the worst teams out of possession.’

He continued: ‘What we’ve seen from Arsenal today, the levels of defending compactness, the work ethic of all the front players to be a cohesive unit and defend together, there’s none of that.

‘I’m not saying the defenders or midfield players are blameless because they could do a lot better themselves. But there’s just not a unity at all. There’s no idea of how to defend or how to play without the ball.

‘Just worrying signs really that you can get to that level of low in a performance. You think back to before the international break and where Manchester United were at. They had one of the most incredible moments and should be absolutely bouncing into Brentford.

‘But then we saw what we saw. They won’t be that bad next week, they can’t be that bad. But if Liverpool do their jobs next week then Manchester United are going to be in a lot of trouble. There will be something different, it can’t get any worse.’

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