Gary Neville says Manchester United look ‘frightened’ during their derby defeat to Manchester City and believes his former club missed the presence of injured striker Edinson Cavani.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were outclassed at Old Trafford on Saturday, with first-half goals from Bernardo Silva and United defender Eric Bailly giving Manchester City a comfortable 2-0 victory.
‘They looked frightened to death… they looked frightened in possession and out of possession,’ former defender Neville told Sky Sports.
‘It was almost like they were crumpled up in a little ball in the corner waiting to be beat, and that’s not good enough.
‘They weren’t aggressive and it was passive. You can get beat and lose football matches but they are flaky when it comes to big comes.
‘They got destroyed today, make no mistake about it. That was a mauling, that.’
Neville believes Manchester United missed the presence of Uruguay legend Cavani, who was ruled out of the derby through injury.
‘Ole’s under massive, massive pressure but the first thing that has to happen is he has to have a team out there with courage,’ he added.
‘Every time I see Manchester United out there without Cavani they’re less of a team.
‘He just seems to go out there and have the fight to play for the club and sort of spirit on the pitch that you epitomise with it.
‘And when he doesn’t play they just seem a bit nice and nice is not good enough.’
Solskjaer admitted Manchester United were ‘not at their level’ against Pep Guardiola’s English champions as his team suffered a fourth league defeat in six games.
‘I think the whole place went a little bit numb (after the first goal) – we didn’t play well up to then either.
‘We still don’t trust ourselves with the ball, we still don’t pass or find the angles as well as I know we can.
‘Sometimes the team you play against, they made it hard for us, but we sometimes made the wrong solutions or not the right execution.
‘You want to get to them (City), you want to make it a derby game, to make some tackles. Coming in 1-0 down you might have a chance but they got that second goal.’
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