Phil Neville criticized former Manchester United teammate and present United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils’ 3:1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.
It was a game that United goalkeeper David de Gea will want to want to forget in a hurry as he was unconvincing as they crashed out of the competition.
The Spanish shot-stopper could have done better with Olivier Giroud’s opener but the worst was yet to come as he parried Mason Mount’s shot into the net at the start of the second half.
The dreadful showing was worsened by a Harry Maguire own-goal fo Chelsea’s third before a late penalty was converted by Bruno Fernandes to make it 3:1.
Da Gea was the subject of criticism amongst fans but Phil Neville directed his at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer made changes to the lineup as the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood started on the bench.
However, the same could also be said for Frank Lampard who had Kepa Arrizabalaga, Andreas Christensen, and Christian Pulisic on the bench.
“I don’t think United had a player on the pitch, maybe [Bruno] Fernandes, that played well,” Neville said. “I think Ole picked the wrong team and the wrong system.”
Neville went on to point out that Da Gea was unrecognizable from his former self following his recent howlers.
“He’s unrecognisable from the player that won player of the year awards,” he added. “If I was Solskjaer I’d be worried. His credentials are still up there with the best in the world but he’s lost all his confidence.”
Before the game, Manchester United were favorites to win as they’d won the last 3 games between the sides this season. However, this was not the case as Frank Lampard and his men got their revenge and now have a date against fellow London side Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup.
Arsenal beat Manchester City 2:0 in the other game against all odds. The 2019/20 FA Cup final is a London derby and two rookie managers in the persons of Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta will end up with the first silverware of their professional managerial career.