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Neville names 7 ‘match-winners’ on Man United’s books

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The former Red Devils skipper believes the seven ‘game-changers’ are responsible for the club’s surge up the Premier League table.


Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and Marcus Rashford have all been hailed as ‘game-changers’ by Gary Neville.

The players have all played a part in Manchester United’s rise up the league standings. The Red Devils are now level on 33 points with table-toppers Liverpool, having gone undefeated in their last 10 league games.

The 2-1 New Year’s Day triumph over Aston Villa, meanwhile, extended the club’s winning run at Old Trafford to four victories in five games.


“If you’d have said at the start of the season, or even five weeks ago, that United would be level with Liverpool, I’d have said no chance, that can’t happen,” Neville said on ‘The Gary Neville Podcast’.

“That shows how unusual this season is. What Manchester United have is a lot of match-winners – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford… Game-changers.

“They do it in moments, and they don’t always have to be playing well when you have those players on the pitch.


“The performances are getting better, it’s a work in progress, it’s not by any stretch the finished article. At times in games, they mesmerize you for 10 minutes, and then can turn into a nightmare for 10 minutes.

“But there’s confidence building, something is growing, there’s a spirit at the end of the game with the players celebrating was nice to see.

“I think a couple of years ago I said quite publicly at times there was a team I didn’t like watching wearing those red shirts. I see them now, and I felt last season they looked a lot happier, and this season they seem happier again.”


United will visit Liverpool at Anfield on January 17 for a potential top of the table clash in the Premier League.

Neville added: “Who knows? I don’t think they’ll win the league, I don’t think they’re quite there, but I didn’t think they’d be anywhere near at this stage, and they are.

“And for that, we’ll look forward to that trip to Anfield with great glee – and hope we can tweak the tail of the tiger a little bit more!”