Gary Neville names Man Utd’s 4 most important players – with no Bruno Fernandes

Gary Neville has sensationally omitted Bruno Fernandes from the conversation of Manchester United's most important player.

The United legend, 48, instead opted for Casemiro, Marcus Rashford, David de Gea and Raphael Varane when revealing his top three with De Gea and Varane placed in joint-third.

Fernandes, 28, has been a revelation in recent weeks for Erik ten Hag's side, setting up Fred's crucial equaliser against Barcelona in the Europa League and claiming two assists in United's latest Premier League victory. The Portuguese playmaker has even been entrusted with the captain's armband while regular skipper Harry Maguire fights his way back into contention but seemingly still hasn't done enough to impress Neville.

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"I’d go in order, I’d go Casemiro, I’d go Rashford, I’d go [David] De Gea and [Raphael] Varane – equal third at this moment in time," the ex-Manchester United right-back told Sky Sports when asked to rank the club's most important players.

"I can’t believe that I’m saying – forget Casemiro he wasn’t here last year – but I can’t believe that I’m saying that Varane, De Gea and Rashford have elevated themselves into a position whereby you feel they are in great form."

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He added: "You saw last night [against West Ham in FA Cup], De Gea made saves, Rashford had to come on, Casemiro has to come on, Varane didn’t come on. But I do feel as though he’s the most important centre-back now – particularly in the big matches.

"And that’s why he was rested, and he gets rested for the bigger games. Obviously, he has injury problems sometimes and has done in the last two or three years. But Casemiro followed by Rashford, and then I’d go for Varane and De Gea in third position equally."

Having banked the first piece of silverware this season, United are still on for a historic quadruple with the Red Devils claiming a favourable home draw against Fulham in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. Ten Hag's men will also entertain Real Betis over two legs in the Europa League but they do have some ground to make up in terms of the title race.

League leaders Arsenal are currently 11 points ahead of United, who do hold a game in hand over the Gunners and second-placed Manchester City. Anything but a win at Anfield on Sunday would surely signal the end of their title charge.


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