Neville slams ‘naive’ Man Utd man for moment of ‘madness’

Gary Neville thinks “naive” Aaron Wan-Bissaka was at fault for Aston Villa’s opening goal as Man Utd won 2-1 on Friday night.

The Red Devils joined rivals Liverpool on 33 points, with Bruno Fernandes scoring from the spot shortly after Bertrand Traore cancelled out Anthony Martial’s effort to secure victory against Villa.

Wan-Bissaka provided the assist for Martial to open the scoring but it was his work at the other end that saw him come in for criticism from Neville.

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The former Man Utd right-back claimed Wan-Bissaka should’ve got back to mark Jack Grealish for Villa’s goal rather than trying to attempt a block.

“That’s been coming,” Neville said during his commentary for Sky Sports.

“It’s so naive on that far side from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, what is he doing? Villa were knocking on the door and they’ve bashed it down eventually.

“Watch him [Wan-Bissaka], he blocks it initially. He turns his back and doesn’t sprint back. He tries to block it again, it’s madness.

“Once you leave Grealish in that position, the quality is fantastic. Traore makes it look simple in the end. That’s perfect from him and it leaves Maguire and De Gea no chance.

“You do one thing or the other. You either get the booking and stop it or you get back and mark Jack Grealish. It’s poor [from Wan-Bissaka].”

When asked about his role in Aston Villa’s goal, Wan Bissaka said: “They played a quick [free-kick] and it’s unfortunate, but as you can see, we hit back.”

The right-back added: “[The win] means a lot, it shows where we’ve come from, from the start of the season. We’re just taking it game by game. It was a late start for us, we were in catch-up [mode], but we’re here now. No excuses.”



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