Gary Neville has been called out for being too negative during commentary of Manchester United games.
The Old Trafford legend was heard slamming the Red Devils stars as a ‘disgrace’, ‘appalling’ and ‘not good enough’ during their 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea on Thursday.
He was even heard saying he feels ‘embarrassed’ about the state of his beloved club, in a rant about the apparent lack of work rate and drive from the current crop of players.
Neville was not the only one, either, with fellow Old Trafford legend Roy Keane said they were ‘like a Championship side’ after they were bailed out by Cristiano Ronaldo yet again.
Neville has received widespread praise for his work as a pundit since hanging up his boots, having built a brilliant on-screen partnership with old Liverpool sparring partner Jamie Carragher.
talkSPORT host and lifelong Manchester United supporter Andy Goldstein is a huge fan of Neville’s, both as a player and pundit.
But he had an issue with the former England defender’s co-commentary during the Old Trafford clash.
“I honestly love Gary Neville and I’ve said it before, and I’m not just saying it now, I think he’s the best pundit on TV,” began the Drivetime host.
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“I think he and Jamie Carragher are wonderful. No one comes close to them, they’re great.
“His co-comms is fantastic too, but he’s obviously got a problem with the hierarchy at Man United, which I get, and as the majority of Man United fans do. I understand all of that.
“And I don’t mind him or Roy Keane having a pop at the club in the studio before the game or at half-time. If he wants to go on Sky Sports News a week later and give his views – absolutely fine.
“But when the game is on and he’s on co-comms duty, I just want him and Martin Tyler to talk about the game I’m seeing.
“Talk about the tactics, the mistakes, and if Martin Tyler wants to bamboozle me with stats, even better, I love all that when I’m watching the football.
“But what I got constantly in the first-half on Thursday night from Gary Neville was just, ‘he’s an appalling player’, ‘he’s no good’, ‘this club needs to pull their socks up’, ‘that’s a disgrace’.
“There was one bit – this is what Gary Neville said last night: ‘This Man United team, you almost want them to get beat. They set a really poor example around the work ethic and trying hard. This lot get paid a fortune and they’re walking on a football pitch. I’m embarrassed’.
“If you want to say it afterwards, that’s absolutely fine, but I don’t see that as part of his co-comms duty, I really don’t.
“And the fact that he said he ‘almost wants Man United to get beat’, I’ve never wanted United to get beat.
“I have never, ever thought that about my club.”
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