Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire are “irreplaceable”, according to Gary Neville.
The duo are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest signings yet as he looks to continue building his Manchester Unites squad.
Solskjaer is probably halfway through building a side he thinks will be capable of challenging for the Premier League title, but they could be in with a chance this season if their winning form sees them beat Leicester City and Wolves.
“They are the two players who I think are irreplaceable,” Neville told his Sky Sports Podcast. “Fernandes is irreplaceable, they are a way off without him. He’s a vital piece of the jigsaw.
“Maguire, I think, you’d know if he was missing. My gut feeling is that they would miss him enormously.
“I know some people say he’s not the best defender in the league, that he’s not done brilliantly since he came for £80m, but he’s a big presence in the heart of the defence.
“He’s good on the ball, he’s composed and he’s good in the air. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, sometimes he gets caught but he’s a good centre-back, a really good centre-back and a big presence in that team.
“Him and Fernandes, I’m not sure they can [rest them] at this moment in time because Ole hasn’t got the luxury to lose a game, unfortunately.”
Maguire showed some early nervousness against the Everton press but did well against an Everton frontline that was kept quiet throughout. Richarlison going off injured was a big blow to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, although the Brazilian hardly made an impact when he was on the pitch.
Fernandes, on the other hand, was a surprise starter against the Toffees but this probably backs up with Neville says because both of these players could’ve done with a rest last night. The manager clearly felt he needed them in the team to win the match.
There’s a reason they’re both in the starting line-up every week.
Neville is also correct about the luxury of losing a game because it feels with every defeat we pick up reports emerge about Mauricio Pochettino being available and of interest to United.