‘It is inevitable’ – Gary Neville explains why Manchester United will start to win again


Gary Neville is convinced Manchester United will “get it right” despite the prospect of their worst league season in 34 years.

United have lost a Premier League era record 13 games this term and are eighth in the table, having gone out of Europe altogether before Christmas.

A second successive all-Manchester FA Cup final on May 25 offers the chance to salvage silverware from the campaign in what could be embattled manager Erik ten Hag’s last game in charge.

United have only won four trophies since their last championship in 2013 but Neville optimistically suggested an FA Cup triumph could signal a similar turning point to when United lifted it in 1990

That marked Sir Alex Ferguson’s first trophy with the club in a season United ended in 13th and was the trigger for their eventual dominance of English football.

“As sure as the sun will rise, Manchester United will start to win again,” Neville said. “It’s a fact. When that is, I don’t know. It can be no guarantee, but I know that these things go in cycles.

“I lived my whole childhood watching Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal win trophies, win the old Division One, and was patient. I had to wait until I was 18, 19 when Manchester United first won a league title in my life and then we won a load of league titles, and now we’ve not won one for 11 years.

“I know full well that in my lifetime – hopefully – Manchester United will win trophies, but they will win trophies again. We will get it right, just as Liverpool will, just as Arsenal will. You can’t keep these great clubs down. I’m sorry, they’re too big, they’re too established, they’ve got a great history, they go through lean periods.

“Look, I hope in three, four weeks that this FA Cup final against Manchester City, which is such a tough game, we know how good City are, but if they can just defy the odds who knows where that might lead to.

“You know, in 1989-90 Sir Alex Ferguson won an FA Cup that put belief into him, into a group of players. They then went on to win a Cup Winners’ Cup, then went on to win the League Cup, then went on to eventually win a league title.

“It was building block by block, step by step and that could be just around the corner. Or it could be a few years away. But they will win again, Manchester United. It’s inevitable.”

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