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Gary Neville warns Manchester United against starting games poorly

Manchester United extended their unbeaten away run to 22 games in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Yet again, it was a game where United went behind early and then came back to win three vital points.

The Red Devils started the game very slowly with Fred and Scott McTominay failing to provide composure in the midfield.

Bruno Fernandes was unable to create goal-scoring opportunities and Marcus Rashford also struggled to continue his purple patch.

Heung-min Son broke the deadlock in the 40th minute to hand Spurs an important lead.

United’s players required yet another half-time pep talk from their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to show attacking intent on the field.

The second half was completely dominated by the visitors. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw started venturing forward which helped the wide players drift inside and put pressure on Spurs’ defenders.

It looked like Solskjaer fielded two different teams in the two halves. The continuous attacking intent helped them to score three goals via Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.

Multiple times this season we have seen United start the game sluggishly which allows the opposition to score an early goal. Every time this has happened on an away trip, the Red Devils have found a way to come back.

In fact, United have won 28 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season. They are followed by Leicester City with just 16 points.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gary Neville said that United need to break this pattern and start games more strongly.

He said, “We [Man Utd] didn’t play well first half. They came out second half and were a completely different team – the urgency. ‘Sometimes you watch them, against Granada – who were poor – and you say, “the (United) passing is slow.”

“The movement’s not there, they’re waiting for something to spike them in the game. And whether that’s going behind, or a bad decision, whatever it is – something spikes them and something comes alive.”

“They can’t keep doing that because when fans are in the stadium if teams like Tottenham get in front of them with the fans behind them – they won’t be allowed to be as insipid as they were in the second half against Spurs.”

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