Gary Neville: Not enough quality in Manchester United's midfield

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes his club had no chance against Vincent Kompany.

Gary Neville is Manchester United through and through, but as David de Gea found out back in January - the Sky pundit is not afraid of mincing his words when it comes to his old team.

Neville was on commentary for United's 4-1 defeat at the Etihad, trying his best to heap praise on City's dominance through no-doubt gritted teeth.

He was particularly glowing in terms of City's man mountain at centre-back, Vincent Kompany.

Perhaps ruefully, Neville stated of his former team:

"United have no-one getting in behind Kompany. There isn't enough quality from midfield."

Any fans or observers would be hard pushed to disagree. The midfield was where the game was won and lost, with Marouane Fellaini having little effect on Yaya Toure's control of proceedings.

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United's best creative player of course was on the bench, Shinji Kagawa - a player who is crying out to be played in the middle on a regular basis.

He was played in the week against Bayer Leverkusen, but out wide on the left to accommodate Wayne Rooney.

With Robin van Persie injured and ruled out of the game, it was Wayne Rooney who was moved forward into a central striking role, which would seemingly have provided David Moyes with a perfect opportunity to play Shinji Kagawa.

It was the same problem which blighted United against Liverpool and Chelsea, an inability to play their strikers in. United have failed to score from open play against all three, with Rooney's goal against City from a free-kick.

If now isn't the time for Neville's words to be heeded and United to inject some quality into their midfield, then when is?

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