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major flaw 'They've got to sort it out' - Gary Neville on the big problem holding back Man United

United pulled off another comeback win at Tottenham on Sunday.

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Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (AP Photo/Fermin Rodriguez)

Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (AP Photo/Fermin Rodriguez)

Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (AP Photo/Fermin Rodriguez)

They are closing in on a second place finish in the Premier League and may add Europa League success to what would be a successful season, yet Gary Neville believes Manchester United will not challenge for the game's biggest prizes unless they solve one major flaw in their make-up.

United's latest come-from-behind win saw them secure a 3-1 win at Tottenham, as they gained revenge over a Spurs side that beat them 6-1 earlier this season.

Yet Neville suggests United's consistently poor first half performances need to be eradicated if they are to push on and make a challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Once more, United were poor in the first half against Spurs and turned on the afterburners to blow their opponents away after the break, repeating a story that has been seen time and again in recent months.

"First half nothing happened, and then all of a sudden the game came alive," United legend Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast.

"The United performance in the second half was outstanding. Spurs were just not able to cope, irrespective of whether you wanted something more from them - I did, and I thought it was a really disappointing show given what was at stake for them - but United were absolutely outstanding.

"They came out second half and were just a different team, with urgency. Something sparks them and then all of a sudden they come alive.

"They can't keep doing that, because when fans are in the stadium, if teams like Spurs get in front of them, with the fans behind them, they won't be allowed to be as insipid as they were in the second half, Spurs.

"Second half they were breathtaking at times, and some of the football was brilliant."

Neville also suggested Edinson Cavani may be worth keeping at United next season, as question marks linger over his future at the as the club are being linked with moves to sign Tottenham's Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

"He's been a really brilliant example," said Neville of the veteran Uruguay striker. "I was a little bit nervous of him coming in, because of Falcao, Alexis Sanchez, showcase signings. This one has been different. He's really applied himself brilliantly and has been a big help to Manchester United.

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Cavani’s brilliant diving header put United ahead (Matthew Childs/PA)

Cavani’s brilliant diving header put United ahead (Matthew Childs/PA)

Cavani’s brilliant diving header put United ahead (Matthew Childs/PA)

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"He does the right things. The right movements. It's clockwork, that run across the defender, across the near post, the one you're always trying to get young strikers to do."

"Tottenham had a throw with two minutes to go, and Cavani was moving between the centre-backs trying to stop the ball from being thrown in, and he's organising where Greenwood should be. I thought: 'Greenwood needs another year of Cavani being alongside him.'

"It inspired us as young players when you saw great players like Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce and Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes.

"And you see the best players in the world, or those who have been the best in the world like Cavani, doing his work like that in the 94th minute, someone like Mason Greenwood, who needs people who are mentors, good standards above him, who can coach him on the pitch, I just thought him and Marcus Rashford need another year of Cavani.

"I think they've got to sort it out, Manchester United. But if you're looking for character in a football side: winning away from home, winning from behind, winning when you're not playing well, being good on set-pieces, those things that define resilience and good character, they're the things you look at, and this United team have it in abundance at the moment."

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