Gary Neville brands Manchester United front three an ‘absolute joke’ during dramatic Sheffield United draw

Gary Neville branded Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James ‘an absolute joke’ before Manchester United mounted an incredible comeback in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Sheffield United.

The former right-back predicted a tough afternoon for the Red Devils at Bramall Lane and his fears were confirmed as Chris Wilder’s men dominated possession in the opening periods.

David de Gea managed to keep the Blades out with a terrific double save but the Spaniard could do nothing as Phil Jones’ calamitous defending led to John Fleck’s opening goal before Lys Mousset added a stunning second in the 52nd minute.

Shortly after Mousset’s goal, Neville criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence and midfield before ripping into United’s front three for a laughable lack of movement.

‘The lack of from movement from Martial, Rashford and James is a joke,’ Neville said on Sky Sports’ commentary. ‘It really is an absolute joke. All game. Nothing at all from them. ‘Manchester United’s midfield is poor but you expect better from that front three. ‘If you asked Chris Wilder to swap McGoldrick and Mousset for Martial and Rashford, he would say no.’

In the space of seven breathless minutes, though, United clawed themselves back and took the lead as Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Rashford all got on the scoresheet. However, Ole McBurnie had the last word and spoiled United’s party with an equaliser in the 90th minute. VAR awarded the goal after a nervous wait for home supporters at Bramall Lane. Reacting to United’s comeback, Neville said: ‘I called them [United’s front three] a joke 15 minutes ago, that front three. Their movement was awful, non-existent. ‘They weren’t even good out of possession, they weren’t closing down Sheffield United but they have quality. ‘These last ten minutes they’ve come to life.’

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