Neville and Giggs criticise Red Devils' lack of goals

Speaking to FourFourTwo at the launch of Cafe Football Singapore on Saturday afternoon, legendary Manchester United duo Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs has some harsh words for their former employers... 

During their days out at Old Trafford, clad in the famous red kit, Giggs and Neville were witnesses to a flurry of goals from Manchester United, especially a memorable few from the famed left-foot of the former.

But this season, goals have been hard to come by for Jose Mourinho’s side especially at home which was once regarded as a fortress that struck fear into visiting teams. There, United have drawn nine matches out of 16 they have played, with only six wins and one loss. United’s last three home games have all ended in draws.

There is an over reliance on Ibrahimovic which is not good because you need goals to come from all around the pitch, especially your wide-men and your midfielders-that’s the hallmark of a top side

- Giggs

According to Neville, the poor home form has meant that United’s quest for the top four in the English Premier League, could well be over.

Neville, who was at the official launch of Café Football together with Giggs at the Woodleigh Park on Saturday afternoon, said: “A lot of games that I was at, like the ones against Arsenal, Bournemouth, Burnley and recently against Everton and West Bromwich Albion, they created plenty of chances (but) there is just no killer instinct in front of goal.”

“They’re in a lot of trouble in terms of trying to qualify for the Champions League so now they have to go on and win the Europa league.

“I am sure Jose (Mourinho) will know how to fix it in the summer. Ultimately, he knows that it’s not been good enough.”

It has not been smooth-sailing for Mourinho this season

Giggs, who was a frequent goal scorer for United, netting 114 goals in over 600 appearances for the club, criticised his former club’s over-reliance on Swedish forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is in the club’s top scorer in the league with 16 goals.

Giggs added: “There is an over reliance on Ibrahimovic which is not good because you need goals to come from all around the pitch, especially your wide-men and your midfielders-that’s the hallmark of a top side,” commented

The Welshman pointed to the example of Jesse Lingard, as one player who needed to step-up. Lingard has made news this week after being awarded with a new four-year contract, which trebled his wages.

Giggs believes Lingard needs to step up

“He (Lingard) is one of those players who needs to add more goals to his name,” commented Giggs.”

“As an attacking player, you need to be aiming for double figures and also at least 10 assists per season and he is that type of player who can do that.

“He needs to step up and do that now that he has the security of the contract.”