EPL: Gary Neville speaks on Lukaku, Martial after 2-2 draw with Chelsea


Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has hailed the club’s forwards for a good performance in their 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Neville, however, called for more consistency from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.

Martial hit his first competitive double for United since November 2016, to put his side seemingly on course for a crucial victory at Stamford Bridge.

But Ross Barkley’s last-gasp equaliser denied United all three points.

Nonetheless, alongside Martial, United’s forwards were much improved in the second half at Stamford Bridge, with Rashford providing one assist and Lukaku looking livelier.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, Neville said: “They need more from the front three, there’s so much talent there.

“If you think of Lukaku, [Alexis] Sanchez, Martial and Rashford, they need more from them. I want to see more runs past Lukaku. I want the two wide players, whoever they are – you see what Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah do for Liverpool, how they make those narrow runs inside.

“I’m not saying they have to play narrow but wherever you start, you’ve got to end up in goalscoring positions more often and you’ve got to show that little bit of quality and composure in the final third.

“I thought in the first half, there was an absolute gulf in the quality of the wide players – between Eden Hazard and Willian and Rashford and Martial – they’re understanding of the position and their adapting of their position on the pitch when the team were in possession, there were no runs in behind with intent, there was a lack of quality on the ball. But in the second half, Martial gives you a glimpse. He shows you what he can do and Rashford does that as well but they’ve got to perform consistently.

“I know they’re still young, but they’ve had two or three seasons in the first team and yes, it took Cristiano Ronaldo three or four seasons so there is still that growth to come, but they are getting lots of chances.

“You may argue that Marcus isn’t a right-sided player, Martial wants to play as a centre-forward, so does Marcus but they have to make the best with what they’ve got and I think they can do so much more and that’s a compliment – it’s not a criticism – because they can give so much to the team.

“They could score 20 goals a season from those positions and Lukaku could score 25 – that’s a target of 65 goals. Is 65 goals between those players, including Sanchez, too much to ask? I don’t think it is. There are 65 goals there, go and score them and make sure you do it every single season of your career because that’s the quality you have to get to. Maybe that will give them the confidence today.”

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