It was an embarrassing evening for Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and Neville reacts to Man Utd’s Liverpool humiliation insisting that the pressure after this game is going to be intolerable in some quarters.
“This has been a monstrous day for Manchester United,” said Neville. “They have been obliterated. That was unacceptable.”
Solskjaer’s side were humiliated by their old foes as Liverpool went ahead by 4-0 lead at half-time – and Old Trafford further emptied as Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick shortly after the restart.
The humiliation was compounded by Paul Pogba’s red card shortly after his introduction from the bench in the second half.
“The pressure after this game is going to be intolerable in some quarters,” the former Manchester United captain said on co-commentary during the Super Sunday thrashing.
“The board have made everyone aware that they are steadfast in their support of the manager and that he stays. Results like this undermine that, there’s no doubt. This is sobering.
“Manchester United need to change. I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to get the opportunity to change. But there is going to be pressure from every source.”
Neville continued with Sky Sports: “There’s no doubt the manager will get an absolute battering. There will be calls for his head like you wouldn’t believe but you wonder what this defeat will do to the players. How will they pick themselves up?
“There’s no hiding place after this. United are going to be absolutely demoralised. The next 24 hours is going to be as hot as it has ever been at this football club.”
He further added: “Can I go with them?” as he watched a mass exodus from United supporters long before the full-time whistle but reiterated his warning that the result had been coming.
“It’s been coming for five, six weeks,” he said. “This is what Manchester United’s performance levels have been like all season.
“As soon as they’ve come up against a good team, they’ve been torn to shreds and it’s told them exactly where they are at.
“This is as bad as it gets. It’s the nature of the performance. They have capitulated.
“They’ve lost everything today – discipline, organisation. But what stands out in my mind is their organisation around the press. Finding the trigger, not getting there half-hearted.
“City can press, Liverpool can press. Manchester United are kidding themselves today that they are a pressing team. They are all over the place.
“The manager and his coaching staff have to take the blame for the pressing game today. Why would you do that? They are not a pressing team. They haven’t got it in them. If you are going to press, put in Lingard and the others who can run all day.”
In his dissection of the game Neville noted: “In the first half, they were relatively compact but sat back in their shape. Something changed at half-time; all of a sudden they start to have sporadic presses.
“It’s a pattern in them. They’ve got no structure to press from, along with the fact they don’t run as hard as the other teams and they’re easy to play against.
“They’ve had a way of playing for three years where they’ve been a counter-attack team. It looks to me like they’re trying to transition into something different but they haven’t got the players to run as hard as Liverpool and City. Man Utd can’t press high with the players they have got, you can put Ronaldo, Pogba, Greenwood, Rashford in that. Man Utd are miles off being a pressing team.”