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Last season, Manchester United failed to secure Champions League football by not finishing in the top four last season.
Perhaps the most damning result from that period was a 4-0 defeat by Everton.
After the match, Red Devils legend Gary Neville launched an impassioned rant on Sky Sports.
Neville said: “There are five forwards at that club: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba – who is nearer to the front. Star players, those five, they can be the best in their position, but all of them at this moment in time is well below their standard.
“Alexis Sanchez… I don’t know what’s happened to him. Marcus Rashford, this couple of weeks, has been nowhere near [his best]. I went to both Barcelona games. Marcus looks off it at the moment. Whether he’s carrying an injury. something is not right, or the season has caught up with him.
“Romelu Lukaku – he doesn’t turn up in a big game. That’s been levelled at him for a number of years now. Paul Pogba looks like he’s back to the Paul Pogba that was playing under Jose Mourinho, even though he’s been outstanding for the past three months. And Martial he’s just come back from injury, but he looks like he’s back in that sort of ambling mood again. De Gea looks nothing like himself, he looks distracted. You’ve got contract talks that are going on between five or six players, which is distracting at this time.”
So what happened to the players?
Rashford and Martial are the only players to have turned things around. Paul Pogba has started the season positively but is still linked with a move away from United. Romelu Lukaku joined Inter Milan, while Alexis Sanchez is set for a loan move to the Serie A side. De Gea is the final player who was called out by Neville, and the jury is still out on whether he has turned things around.