Gary Neville has advised Manchester United to overhaul their entire defence after seeing them succumb to an embarrassing defeat at Barcelona. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.
The 4-0 aggregate defeat was United’s worst ever European knockout-round defeat over two legs, and Neville believes United’s lacklustre defence was the biggest culprit behind their misery.
Outlining two players that could learn a thing or two from the defeat, Neville said: “For Marcus Rashford, he recognises what the elite level is in terms of club football,” as quoted by the 42.
“[For] Scott McTominay, it’s a big lesson for him over the two games, he’s done well in the games but some of the others, they’re not good enough. The coaching staff will see there’s a massive gulf between Europe’s best teams and where Manchester United are at. Manchester United need to revamp their squad – there is no doubt about that.”
“[Solskjaer] needs a new defence in its entirety I would say.”
Last night’s thrashing marked their 5th defeat in the last 7 games, and Neville claimed the defeats reflected their current state.
“The last few weeks have been a reality check for Manchester United, but tonight makes you feel about how far away they are from being the team they need to be,” Neville added.
“I think Ole knew that for the last couple months. The first couple months in the job, everything was rosy, everything was perfect, the players were playing at a level that, to be fair, I’d not seen, they’d not shown.”
“Now we’re seeing a bit more of what they’re like,” he concluded.