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Gary Neville's Man Utd verdict: Not perfect, but Jose Mourinho's side hitting a pattern

Antonio Valencia of Manchester United celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Phil Jones during the Premier League match v Everton
Image: Gary Neville gives his verdict on Man Utd's 4-0 win over Everton

Gary Neville admitted Manchester United's overall performance in the 4-0 win over Everton "wasn't good", but insists there is a successful pattern building with their play.

United hit three late goals at Old Trafford, as they have done on numerous occasions this season, though the scoreline arguably flattered the hosts.

Neville added that Jose Mourinho's patience has been a success so far this season, and says United's side have the maturity to deal with this approach.

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Man Utd 4-0 Everton

He said on Super Sunday: "It wasn't a good performance. There's a bit of a pattern building though, in terms of getting in front, being patient, waiting and sometimes even retreating with a couple defensive substitutions.

"Then the other team gets desperate, and United score goals late in the game, as it's happened two or three times this season.

"I think Jose is renowned for being a patient coach, his team look like they have the maturity to handle it. He'll be a little bit concerned about the goals he conceded at Stoke last week and some of the chances he conceded today, because United haven't played what I'd call the best teams in the league yet.

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was impressed with his sides's performance

"So they will be a little concerned about that, but there is a pattern building of a team that is finishing teams off, like they didn't do last season.

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"I think United looked like the team that had played on Thursday night, and Everton the team that played on Tuesday. United didn't get going in the first 35 minutes, they were drifting through the game, not really doing enough."

Antonio Valencia impressed again at Old Trafford, scoring a stunning opener with a volley from the edge of the box.

Antonio Valencia of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City
Image: Antonio Valencia impressed again for United on Super Sunday

Former United right-back Neville was full of praise for the Ecuadorian after the game, saying Mourinho does not need to sign another right-back.

"He's been absolutely outstanding for the last 18 months, two years. I had doubts as to whether it could last in the long term with him, I thought it was more of a stop gap until they signed a right-back. But he's the real thing.

"He is a top right-back now; he's strong, quick, supports the attack, and doesn't make any mistakes.

"United don't need to sign a right-back. To think they signed Matteo Darmian as the right-back, Valencia is head and shoulders above him."

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