Gary's Just Not Up To It Any More It Seems
After the Chelsea game this season, I wrote that Gary Neville might be able to regain his true form and become the same consistent, reliable, classy right-back he's always been. Sadly, it looks like he's on course to prove me totally wrong.
After a disastrous performance at Arsenal, Gary was dropped in favour of Rafael da Silva who's showing plenty of promise. The captain himself admitted that he's not fit enough and struggling for form yet it was clear Fergie had not given up on him. The gaffer gave him the chance again, at home to Aalborg in a Champions League dead rubber.
Well, the game ended 2-2 and while I'm far from blaming Gary Neville for any of the goals - indeed, the finger might be pointed at both Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand -, his performance was less than impressive.
Actually, Rio Ferdinand and Darron Gibson both had to cover for him way too often which contributed to our disjointed display in the second part of the first half. He did not provide any attacking outlet, not even in the second half when a more solid midfield offered the full-backs to chance to contribute. We had little width on the right until the introduction of Rafael as Gary was simply unable to produce the goods.
Fergie substituted him with 75 minutes to go and Gaz looked quite unhappy. I guess he wasn't angry at Fergie - he was angry at himself as he knew all too well that he played badly, again. For me, it looks like his time is up, that he'll never be able to shake off the injury troubles that plagued his past 18 months. Prove me wrong Gary please!