Andy Gray claims three Manchester United stars lack pace

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Football pundit Andy Gray believes Manchester United were comprehensively beaten by his former club Everton on Sunday afternoon because they had nothing to offer in the final third of the pitch.

The retired striker also singled out Ander Herrera for his poor display at Goodison Park, before naming Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Ashley Young as players in Louis van Gaal's side with no pace.

United lost the match 3-0 - with the goals coming from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas - and Gray feels the visitors were far too predictable on the afternoon.

“Manchester United had nothing in the top third where I thought someone is going to do something,” he told talkSPORT. “It was all too predictable for me from United.

“I thought Ander Herrera was a little disappointing, he’s the one in the last few weeks that’s been driving from midfield.

“They don’t have any pace, Daley Blind hasn’t really got it, Juan Mata is not quick and Ashley Young is ok, but he’s not blistering. Young also comes inside and does the same thing time and time again.

“Everton were really comfortable. Man United don’t have the individuals in that team that, against a packed defence, can go and beat two players in a tight area.”

Neville: United were toothless

Sky Sports' current lead pundit Gary Neville echoed the same sentiments, slamming United's tepid performance as "toothless".

“It was a strange game, and you would have thought that both teams had nothing to play for in some ways,” Neville said on his latest Sky Sports podcast. “The atmosphere was strange all day long. Usually when Everton are beating Manchester United the place would be bouncing.

“United were toothless, and that is being kind.

“I didn’t really see them try and dribble past a player, make any forward runs.

“At times they were not getting enough men in the box and the final pass was poor.

“It is the worst I have seen United play for five or six weeks."

It's hard to argue with that assessment. United appeared to have turned the corner following four straight Premier League victories, while they also performed well at Stamford Bridge earlier this month despite losing 1-0 to Chelsea.

Daley Blind not good enough for United's midfield

Gray, meanwhile, is perhaps being a little harsh grouping Young in with Mata and Blind as players in the Manchester United squad who lack pace.

The England international is no slouch and, furthermore, has been one of the Red Devils' most consistent performers this season.

Mata and Blind have also performed well for Van Gaal, particularly in recent seasons, but neither possesses blistering pace.

Blind once again proved on Sunday that he is not a top-class holding midfielder. His best performances for United have come at left-back, in the absence of Luke Shaw, and Van Gaal should be looking to sign a new first-class midfield enforcer this summer.

Manchester United fans: is Daley Blind good enough for the Red Devils? Have your say in the comments below!

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