Gary Neville has questioned why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to bring on Angel Gomes late on in Manchester United’s defeat to West Ham .
United have not won away from home since February after they lost 2-0 at the London Stadium thanks to goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell.
Gomes, 19, was brought on for Juan Mata in the 81st minute, shortly before West Ham scored their second goal.
And while former United defender Neville is glad to see academy players making it into the first team, he says the Red Devils shouldn’t be in the position where they have to rely on them to try and turn games around.
United have a growing injury crisis, which was compounded against West Ham when main striker Marcus Rashford was forced off with a groin injury on the hour mark.
Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Mason Greenwood all missed the match with injury, while Eric Bailly is out until at least December with a knee injury.
“Now Juan Mata is off and Angel Gomes is on,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“A young boy out of the academy – which is fantastic, but that is a depleted team and squad.
“There’s no-one who likes academy players playing for Manchester United more than me, but the manager needs some experience out there with them.
“They haven’t got any. All those young lads, they’re talented but to come on in this atmosphere, when the team are struggling like this, it’s difficult for them.”
Neville reckons United’s injury problems are exposing a lack of sufficient recruitment during the summer, and says manager Solskjaer must be frustrated.
“Ole wouldn’t want to be calling on them [young players] in these moments,” said Neville.
“He’ll know. He was at the club long enough to know what he needs.
“He needs three of four players down that spine to hold those young lads together.”
Speaking before Gomes’ introduction, he said: “You look at that Manchester United front six that are on the pitch here – James, Mata, Lingard, Pereira, McTominay and Fred. It’s incredible that those are the six players on the pitch in the front positions.”
He added: “I’ve got no problem in letting players who don’t want to be at the club go.
“Sanchez was having a nightmare, Lukaku to be fair didn’t look like he wanted to be there. They haven’t obviously been able to get the players in that they wanted.”