Neville hails three ‘aggressive’ Man Utd players after Arsenal win
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has praised Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Diogo Dalot for being ‘aggressive’ in their 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday. The Red Devils put the Gunners to the sword to move within three points of the top of the Premier League table. And Erik ten Hag has been praised as well in the aftermath of their victory.
Manchester United saw VAR come to their rescue in the first half against Arsenal, with the visitors seeing a goal from Gabriel Martinelli chalked off.
They then proceeded to open the scoring through new signing Antony, with the 22-year-old netting on his debut to get Old Trafford roaring.
Arsenal levelled through Bukayo Saka, only for Marcus Rashford to net a late brace to give his side all three points.
Neville, speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, has now opened up on the match and singled out Malacia, Martinez and Dalot for being aggressive as his old side claimed all three points.
“Do you know something? I will point to a little thing that I saw in the second half of the Brentford game and that’s Tyrell Malacia,” he said.
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“Someone on the pitch with a bit of personality, fight and spirit.
“And to be fair to Lisandro Martinez who wasn’t on the pitch in that second half against Brentford because he was substituted.
“But against Liverpool there was some tenacity and from that, what you’re seeing is Diogo Dalot is a lot more aggressive.
“The midfield players are a bit more aggressive. It takes just one to show leadership, it doesn’t have to be the shouter or the captain.”
Neville also thinks Arsenal are a ‘really good’ team, believing Ten Hag must take credit for the way United are performing given their rocky start to the season.
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“Well done to Erik ten Hag. The manager must take credit for what he did in that week between Brentford and Liverpool because I thought they would have been beaten and difficult to pick up,” he said.
“To do what he did between Brentford and Liverpool and to get the result was something special as a recovery.
“And then on Super Sunday, I think they played against a really good Arsenal team.
“I have to say, Arsenal showed a spirit at Old Trafford. We’ve covered Arsenal for 10 to 12 years and we’ve come away from it and gone, ‘that’s a flaky mob, it’s a soft bunch’. They’re a really good side.
“Arsenal and United are not the two best teams in the league going off of what has happened to them in the last few years but I have to say they’re a lot nearer to where I thought they would be a few weeks ago.
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“Some people will say it’s the manager. Some people will say it’s the changes that have been made with regards to Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire being left out.”
Ten Hag himself was asked about United’s recent upturn in form, and how they’ve recovered from their 4-0 defeat to Brentford last month.
And the Dutchman said: “There is a process. You have to lift. Every day, high standards.
“That is my demands, my coaches’ demands. And I think also the players in our team have those demands.
“There are already many players in the team who have won a lot of trophies, and they had to bring that into the dressing room. Every day, get the best out of you, and we demand that from each other.”
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On if his team showed character against Arsenal, he added: “Definitely. I must say Arsenal played well, but we defend well.
“And I never had the feeling they would break us. And they had good possession, a lot of movement and creativity.
“But we had a good defending line, but we defend as a team with all eleven [players]. But still, we can have better pressing organisation, we can keep them further away from our goal and control them very well.
“We need a little more composure on the ball. And you can control and dictate the game even more.”
United are next in action against Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday (8pm).
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