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Gary Neville: 'The Liverpool front three are ahead, but it is exciting for Manchester United.'


Man Utd boss Solskjaer giving orders to his Red Devils. [Getty]
Man Utd boss Solskjaer giving orders to his Red Devils. [Getty]

A 3-0 victory at Villa Park saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side extend their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.


Manchester United's attacking trio of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford are capable of challenging Liverpool's front three, says former England right-back Gary Neville.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils put three past Aston Villa with another brilliant attacking display on Thursday evening as goals from Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood and Paul Pogba moved them to just a point behind fourth-placed Leicester in the Premier League table.


Neville acknowledges Liverpool's front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane remain the best strike force in the English top-flight, but says United are becoming a force to be reckoned with.


"Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are matured, they are established, they are the real deal - the best front three in the Premier League. I was saying that even when Manchester City were winning the league," he told the Gary Neville podcast.


Star trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino ( Liverpool FC via Getty Images )
Star trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino ( Liverpool FC via Getty Images )

"The three that United have got are not at the level of Liverpool's front three yet, you wouldn't expect them to be, but they have the talent and ability.


"There were questions whether Rashford was good enough, whether Martial was good enough and Greenwood hadn't obviously emerged back then, but they are proving they are good enough, that they can play and that they will get better.


"The Liverpool front three are ahead, but it is exciting for Manchester United. If you believe in young players and give them opportunities in the positions they want to play in, you will be amazed what you can achieve."


On United youngster Greenwood, he said: "I think Greenwood will develop into a central striker naturally over time. There will come a time when he will step up, he's stepping up game by game now.


"He is outstanding, his talent is incredible. He has everything, the composure, the receiving of the ball, the awareness, the finishing ability.


"You look at Martial, Rashford and Greenwood and think who you would put your money on to finish from all areas of the field. Inside the box, outside the box, left foot, right foot - it would be Greenwood. He's 18 and that is the exciting part.


"It's a no-brainer for him to be in and around the England squad. Gareth Southgate is getting more and more options by the month, players a being developed and are breaking into top teams now.


"Greenwood is such a brilliant talent, if he continues to work hard and keeps his feet on the ground, he can be anything he wants."


Neville added: "Manchester United are playing with confidence, arrogance, particularly against teams that are in the lower end of the table, teams they have struggled to break down in the past.


"They look authoritative, they have possession, control and patience. They are so sure now that they can go from walking to injecting quality through Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford. They have so many options and United are looking formidable.


"They are still not there in terms of Manchester City and Liverpool, that is where they need to get to, but they are on an upward trajectory and are certainly looking a lot better than they were.


"There is cause for optimism. You were thinking there wasn't a midfield, that Pogba was going to leave, they didn't have a right winger and all of a sudden Greenwood appears, the back four and goalkeeper have looked shaky at times, but they are getting themselves together.


"It's looking a lot more positive. It's not a time to get carried away, it's still a time to invest and improve the squad but it is a lot better for Solskjaer."


United became the first team in Premier League history to win four successive games by a margin of three or more goals.



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