Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville praised the team’s performances during a daunting run of fixtures after Manchester United’s 1-0 home victory over West Ham United on Sunday.
“I think it’s been a fantastic week,” Neville said. “Beating Manchester City in such a manner and winning (against West Ham). I don’t consider AC Milan to be a failure because I believe Manchester United poses a real challenge away from home.”
Last Sunday, Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, breaking their local rivals’ 20-match winning streak in all competitions. On Thursday, the Red Devils drew 1-1 at home against AC Milan in the Europa League after conceding an injury-time equalizer.
“To be honest, Milan played very well,” Neville said, “and it could have been a lot, lot worse than 1-1.” “I understand the anger over the last-minute goal; it could have been so much better, but it could have been so much worse.”
“So I believe Manchester United has had a great week. ‘You’ll beat Manchester City, you’ll beat West Ham, and you’ll get a 1-1 draw against Milan,’ you should have said to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the start of the week, and he’d have snapped your hand off “Neville chimed in.
Manchester United will have a curial time next week, according to Gary Neville, since they have critical away games against Milan in the Europa League and Leicester in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
“This is going to be a big week. (West Ham) made a decent start; they have a European match in midweek and the FA Cup final the following weekend,” said the Englishman.
The former England defender also mentioned that winning the FA Cup, as well as finishing second in the Premier League, should be achievable goals for the end of the season. Many Manchester United teams, according to Neville, have used domestic cup success as a forum in the past.