Gary Neville: Tottenham's players didn't adapt enough at Manchester United

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The former Manchester United defender believes the Spurs squad are guilty of a nationwide flaw.

Gary Neville believes Tottenham Hotspur's players were not adaptable enough on their own without Mauricio Pochettino's instructions at Manchester United last Sunday, according to his column in the Daily Telegraph.

The former United defender and current England coach & Sky Sports pundit believes the north London side were incapable of dealing with Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young - but had to wait until half-time to be told what to do.

This isn't a criticism Neville has solely leveled at Tottenham, however, with him blaming Premier League sides as a whole for the 'really poor' failing.

The 40-year-old was discussing the chasm between England's top-flight sides and the best of the rest in the Champions League - one that appears to have increased ever more this season.

Spurs, though, were caught red-handed at Old Trafford, according to the ex-right-back, and paid the price for a distinct lack of player thinking.

Neville said: "Tottenham, last Sunday against Manchester United, had a problem with Marouane Fellaini, and where Ashley Young was playing, but there was no player adaptability on the pitch itself.

"Too often players have to wait until half-time when the coaches can get hold of them. Player thinking is really poor. Problem solving is really poor."

Tottenham will look to bounce back at home to Leicester City at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Manchester United, meanwhile, travel to Anfield to face arch rivals Liverpool the following day.

Will United conquer the Reds or could both drop points, giving Spurs hope in their top-four bid...?

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