Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday “was coming” according to the club’s former defender Phil Neville.
Off the back of under-par performances in the goalless draw at Liverpool and the fortunate 1-0 win over Benfica in the Champions League, United succumbed to the workmanlike Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium, where first half goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Delpoitre secured the hosts’ victory.
Marcus Rashford’s late consolation was nothing more than that for United, and Neville claimed that their approach to their previous two games played a part.
Phil Neville tore into Manchester United for their performance against Huddersfield and says Victor Lindelof had a ‘really poor game’. The Swede replaced Phil Jones after 20 minutes in Yorkshire and United conceded two goals in eight minutes.
The 22-year-old was partly to blame for Aaron Mooy’s opener but was completely at fault for Laurent Depoitre’s goal. Lindelof had played just one minute of league football before the trip to Huddersfield and looked rusty throughout.
Mourinho criticised his side’s attitude afterwards and Neville believes it was widespread throughout the side, starting with Lindelof. ‘It’s been coming this week,’ Neville told the BBC.
‘The performance at Anfield, the performance in midweek even though they won, they’ve lost that momentum they had before the international break.
‘When a manager questions your attitude motivation and desire that’s the worst thing for a Manchester United player. ‘Huddersfield wanted it more and United just didn’t fancy it. United were second best in every department ‘I don’t like to single out individuals but lindelof had a really poor game.’