Gary Neville accuses Manchester United of ‘bottling it’ against Manchester City
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 03
Gary Neville tore into Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville accused of ‘bottling it’ against after ’s side ran out 6-3 winners at the Etihad.

Hat-tricks from and Phil Foden put City 6-1 up, before a late brace from Anthony Martial put some respectability to the scoreline for the visitors.

But the game was gone by the time Martial took some gloss of the scoreline and United’s four match winning run came to an end.

Erik ten Hag has been praised for the tactical tweaks he’s made since the side’s defeats to Brentford and Brighton but he stuck with the team that beat Arsenal at the Etihad today.

City were worth their win and played some of the best football of the Guardiola era during a first-half that saw them go in at half-time with a 4-0 lead.

Haaland and Foden scored hat-tricks (Picture: Getty)

And Neville says the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story of the game, because United ‘bottled’ the fixture in the first half.

Speaking about United’s late revival, Neville said: ‘It’s a consolation, City have made four changes, the game has got a bit open.

‘United have scored three goals and obviously got better in the second half but the story of the game is that he’ll [Ten Hag] look at that first half where his team froze and they no doubt bottled it.

‘They weren’t anywhere near this game or occasion and that will be the part of the game that he’ll analyse most. To score 3 goals here is some consolation.’

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