Sunday 25 February 2018

'United have got to win the Premier League this season' - Gary Neville on Manchester United win over Spurs

Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku applauds supporters after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 28, 2017.
Manchester United won the game 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku applauds supporters after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 28, 2017. Manchester United won the game 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has said that his old club have to win the Premier League this season and that Saturday's win over Tottenham at Old Trafford has put Jose Mourinho's in a great position to challenge local rivals Manchester City.

Anthony Martial's late strike provided United with a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday which put the hosts five points behind City after 10 games.

United will face the title favourites in December at Old Trafford where Neville points to his former side's incredible home record as a source of optimism.

"United would have been seven points behind City with a draw - then City would have had a chance to go 10 points clear next weekend before United played at Chelsea," Neville told The Gary Neville Podcast.

"That would've been a big gap. So now, ultimately it gives United a much better chance. United have got to win the Premier League this season. Manchester City have got to win the Premier League too. Both teams, with the money invested, second isn't good enough.

"The one thing about this Manchester United team is that they are a really resilient unit.

"One thing you can't criticise them for is their attitude. They are tough to beat. It's 36 games now unbeaten at Old Trafford - that's one hell of a record. A lot of clean sheets - they've got something going. There are a lot of positives.

"Mourinho set up to win the game today with two up top - which surprised us. He went for it. It was a struggle of a game but it was one they needed to win. There was pressure on United."

Despite his match-winning effort, Neville feels that Martial should be producing on a more consistent basis in the Premier League and that he has to aim to be considered among the best players in the world given his talent and ability.

"It's been a stop-start Manchester United career for Martial," he added.

"For someone of his talent, he should be tearing this league apart with his ability. He's lost his place in the France squad - there's obviously something wrong with him.

"Mourinho and the French manager has turned off of him a little bit. You always get the feeling he's playing at 85 per cent. If he showed that extra 15 per cent, then he could do anything. He's got everything you'd want: composure in front of goal, great skill, pace, strength, but what is that little bit missing?

"The best players in the world don't have 'but's' - the likes of Luiz Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi - there are no buts.

"Martial is well off that category but that's where he's got to be looking. He's worth £50million and with that talent, he's got to step up. He scores in big games, he takes big moments on and obviously has the temperament to play in big games. But come on, let's see it every single week.

"He could be a player that could score 20 goals in 20 games if he really wanted to and strived to be the best."

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