Manchester United underwhelmed as they defeated Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday, with former Premier League winner Shearer blasting Ralf Rangnick’s side
United have largely underwhelm under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, despite losing just one game under the German, leading to former captain Neville slamming their players.
Neville’s blast game at half-time of a 1-1 draw with strugglers Newcastle United in December, with the Red Devils a goal down against a team that had won just one game all season entering the clash.
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The former right-back’s main criticism was of their body language at St James’ Park, as Neville branded the United squad ‘whinge-bags’.
“They’re a bunch of whinge-bags. Watch them on that pitch. I’ll not go into names, but they’re whinging at each other, arms up in the air complaining about everything,” he told Sky Sports.
“Honestly, they were absolutely shocking in that first half. They got the last manager the sack. Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack.”
Rangnick did not agree with Neville’s analysis, despite the fact his team were forced to reply on substitute Edinson Cavani to rescue that draw.
“I don’t think today it was a problem of body language, it was more a question of physicality, of meeting the demands with regard to speed, tempo, physicality,” he said.
“The side-effect is the body language afterwards. But I don’t think that was the major problem today for us, the major problem was the way that we played in those moments when it was about physicality.”
Despite Rangnick’s insistence that his United players do not have a problem with their body language, it was an issue that reared its ugly head again on Monday.
The Red Devils made hard work of the win over Villa, with the visitors unlucky to have not gone through themselves.
One particularly concerning moment came when Marcus Rashford made no attempt to claim a loose ball after Mason Greenwood had seen a shot saved.
And Shearer blasted United for their continued lack of effort, agreeing with Neville’s previous analysis.
“When you look at the body language of some of those players. I don’t want to single out Marcus Rashford because he’s low on confidence,” he told BBC Sport
“But I just think everything looks a huge effort for him at this moment in time there’s no spark there, he looks very flat.
“He started off the first five or 10 minutes and I thought here we go he’s back to his best by giving Man United a little bit of width and had a little bit of spark about him.
“But there was once in the first half and again in the second half when Greenwood cuts in from the right-hand side and he just stands still.
“Man United all I can say is they’re through. It wasn’t a good performance, poor again, second best for large parts of that second half.”