I for one was glad to see Gary Neville back.
I've gotta admit he was a bit rusty with his crosses, just like he was against Zenit the other week but he's certainly not lacking in drive and I'm sure if we give him another few starts he'll be back to form.
It cant be easy for him mentally though, hes gotta feel to an extent that United has moved on without him, what with the success last season while he was injured.
Like a previous post mentioned its maybe heart rather than head talking here, but I thought he had a good game considering, and think we should give him a chance.
Yes, hes been a fantastic servant, but I think his time could be up.
Now, I didn't see the Villarreal game, and I only seen highlights, so I can't comment on his full game. However, whenever I seen him on the highlights it didn't look great, and it wasn't just last night. Whenever hes played since he came back from his injury, his performances have been pretty poor.
Of course, he was out for a year, so it may be a bit unfair judging him. But how much time can we afford to give him? Hes been poor, hes 33 now so its unlikely he'll get back to a high standard.
And, to be brutally honest, and this may sound harsh, I would rather spend more time preparing Rafael for the first team than trying to get Neville back to a high level of play.
Like Sir Alex i was very very worried about him..What more with Brown splendid performance for us the whole of last season..Seriously i never thought that he would come back this soon but against Bolton he showed that age doesnt hold a barrier for him to fight for his placing. All credits to him for being able to get thru the injury.
In saying that thou as excited as i am to welcome him back, im starting to miss Brown. To me Gary edges Brown thru his intercepting run forward which we rarely get to see Brown doing it and the crossing of course. But i think Brown is stronger in tackles and are better at defending compared to gary.. oh well..arent we just blessed with options ..I wouldnt complaint much thou to whoever going to start but given the choice, no offence to Brown but i will always go with Gary when fit.
Its great to see Gary back but is he as good as Brown or Rafael?
I dont believe he is. He still has a bit to offer, but only as a squad player in my view.
Its Brown's position for me right now, but Rafael seems likely to threaten that sooner rather than later.
It is absolutely imperative to keep a man of Gary Neville's stature in this squad. However, I don't think he should be our #1 RB atm. He can't seem to get a good cross in lately, though he looks as quick as ever in the overlap.
I've been very impressed by Rafael (who hasn't?), though I fear he may get caught out of position a few times. Its a good thing he has such a class fullback in Patrice Evra to learn from in terms of positioning.
Wes Brown took the armband against Celtic today, and I must admit, he has been playing pretty well since Liverpool. Its plain to see why Simpson was loaned out.
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