Mikael Silvestre has criticized Gary Neville following the latter’s comments on the Manchester United attack.
Neville had previously stated that the Red Devils possessed the weakest attacking unit among the “top six” clubs in the Premier League.
“Manchester United’s three forwards are the weakest of the top six,” Neville said.
“United’s strikers are not as good as they should be. Ten Hag is making the most of them, I don’t know where the money has gone again.”
Erik ten Hag managed to bring in Antony for around £85m but was unable to make any further additions to his attack over the summer.
With Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of form and United without a reliable alternative goalscorer, they have struggled to make progress of late.
In 13 Premier League games this season, the Red Devils have only managed 18 goals.
But Silvestre believes that the ability is in the template. Speaking to Betting Expert (via The Metro), the Frenchman said: “I don’t know why Neville said this: on an individual level, United’s top three are capable of competing with the top six.
“I don’t know why he’s saying that. I think if you look at individuals, these players are not the shortest. “For me, it’s a collective answer that United need to find because if you take the players one by one, I think they are capable of competing with any of those. equipment
“The problem at the moment for United is that the collective approach is not perfect, it will take time to build it.” Between them, Antony, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford possess a wealth of talent, but Ten Hag has rarely had all three available. same time this season.
That fact has contributed to some disjointed performances with the trainer forced to shuffle his deck more often than he’d like.
For Silvestre, the team must be taken as a whole when assessing United’s goalscoring problems.
“Right now with the rest of the players, the connection, the link game and the collective approach is not perfect.”
“But that goes with what the manager says. It takes time. Antony has just arrived, so he will take time. “I wouldn’t say they are the weakest, for sure.”
Before their defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday, Man United had been on an upward curve as the team showed signs of adapting to Ten Hag’s methods.
It seems that more time is needed to improve the offensive performance of the team.