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Sunday 26 March 2017

'They didn't show any belief' - Gary Neville slams Arsenal for limp performance in United draw

Gary Neville and Arsene Wenger
Gary Neville and Arsene Wenger
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Gary Neville has hit out at Arsenal’s performance in their 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday and suggested they will not end their long wait for a Premier League title this season.

Sky Sports pundit Neville suggested United will be “gutted” to only come away with a point from a game that turned on Olivier Giroud’s late equaliser, but it was his criticism of Arsenal that was most stinging.

“It was a really poor performance from Arsenal, but they’ve come away and got a point,” he said.

“In my playing days, we would have absolutely been delighted with a point away at a big club, especially being 1-0 down with a few minutes to go.

“You’d be thinking: ‘That’s what wins titles.’ That’s the sort of language we’d be using in the dressing room after.

“I didn’t get the impression or feeling today that I was watching the champions. It can change, we know it can change, but when I think of the performance of Chelsea against United, or even Liverpool away at Chelsea, or Tottenham against City, or City against United, there was far more intensity and quality in those games.

“Arsenal are unbeaten since the opening day, and that is some doing, and they are resilient in a sense that they fight their way back to second or third, can they finally make that jump?

“I didn’t get the feeling watching Arsenal on Saturday that we were watching a team that would go on and win the league, but that’s just me in this moment.

“You’d have to question Arsenal today for 85 minutes, they didn’t show any belief, any purpose.”

Neville believes United manager Jose Mourinho will lament more dropped points on home soil, as his side drew a third successive Premier League match at Old Trafford.

“Jose Mourinho and his team will be gutted,” added Neville. “We’ve been in football a long time to know the result is everything. Although there will be a mood in the Manchester United dressing room that they deserved to win, it counts for nothing.

“They are drawing and dropping points in games you would say they should have won. If you look at the table, three or four points makes a big difference psychologically. It’s not a bad day for United, but it’s a disappointing day for the way it has finished.”

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