Neville eyes magnificent seventh win on the spin for United at Stoke
25 September 2009 09:08
Manchester United go for a magnificent seven wins on the trot at Stoke on Saturday with Gary Neville believing the August international was to blame for their early-season malaise.
United certainly began their quest for an unprecedented fourth successive Premier League title in sluggish fashion, scraping an opening-day win over newly-promoted Birmingham before going down to a shock defeat at Burnley.
Since then though, it has been victories all the way for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, starting with a five-goal hammering of Wigan and including successes against Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.
In addition, the Red Devils recorded a precious away win over Besiktas at the start of their Champions League campaign, with Ferguson's youngsters continuing the run by dumping Wolves out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday despite being forced to play the final hour with only 10 men.
It is amazing how quickly fortunes have changed. But Neville thinks he has an answer.
'Momentum in football is very important,' said Neville.
'Maybe the reason we started the first week so sluggishly was because we weren't quite at the right fitness levels.
'A lot of the lads had not played a lot of games. Some lads went away for internationals, others stayed back and trained.
'But once some of them had two more internationals under their belt they came back in a lot better shape and since early September we have done pretty well.
'Everyone seems to be fit and we have players desperate to be involved.'