Phil Neville believes that Manchester United are certain to hit their stride…
Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has promised concerned supporters that their team will improve once they emerge from their current injury crisis.
United sit tenth in the Premier League table, having won just two of their first six matches, while they were also thrashed by League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
The 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers was the only emphatic performance United have produced all season, with a nervy 2-1 win over West Ham United their only other success.
However, Neville – who is quoted by the Daily Mail – believes the Red Devils’ form has been severely hampered by their injury problems. Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are among the first-team players currently sidelined for Louis van Gaal’s side, and the 37-year-old believes that United should only be judged as a team when everyone is fit.
“It’s been a bit up and down for United. The biggest problem is the amount of injuries – to have nine or 10 out, particularly in key areas of the pitch, means you’re always going to struggle. The time to judge this team is when everybody is fit. People are having a go at the defence but there have been no centre-backs fit all season.
“Soon, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling will be back and the manager can start playing his best pairing at centre-back. I’m sure these players will come good. I’ve got every faith in them. I’ve coached them, played with and against them, and I know the qualities they have got.”
United’s next Premier League game is against Everton on Sunday.
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