Manchester United legend Gary Neville has become one of the country’s favourite pundits since retiring – and he isn’t afraid to speak his mind in co-commentary.
Neville is in his second stint working for Sky Sports, following a stint in charge with Valencia, and doesn’t hold back from the gantry, just as he didn’t on the field.
He is a regular critic of Arsenal, as you will see here, where we have compiled some of his most hard-hitting rants during his live co-commentary on Sky.
Manchester City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against a lacklustre Arsenal in this season’s League Cup final.
And Neville was not holding back on his criticism of the Arsenal players, calling them a “disgrace”.
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Liverpool faced Arsenal in the opening match of the 2016-17 campaign, with Moreno conceding a penalty before being caught out of position and allowing Theo Walcott to score.
“You might as well start the game a goal down with Moreno at left-back,” he said as the match went on.
“Liverpool fans will know what I’m talking about, they’ve seen enough of it over the last 18 months.”
Neville actually defended Arsene Wenger after an Arsenal supporter unveiled a banner during a defeat to Chelsea which read: ‘Enough is enough, time to go.’
“He’s an idiot that guy,” Neville said during the match. “Arsene Wenger doesn’t deserve that, obviously the Arsenal fans are disappointed, but to pre-empt by bringing a banner into the ground, it’s a joke.
“Think about changing your manager, it might be that you don’t finish in the top four for a few seasons, and actually what Arsene Wenger has achieved is fantastic. So, be careful.”
At the end of last season, Manchester United were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates.
Neville wasn’t in his best of moods, as you can imagine, and he wasn’t pleased to see Arsenal’s substitutes passing chocolate around as the game went on.
iconic commentary from gary neville once again: "are they passing maltesers on the bench behind?" 🙌 pic.twitter.com/dlD1Gdh36V
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“He ducked out of that. Bottled it,” Neville said, during a commentary of Liverpool’s match against Burnley last term. “Just what you want from your holding midfielder; no wonder they concede goals.”
He was made to eat his words, though, as the German went on to net the winner.
Neville was absolutely on one when Liverpool thumped Arsenal at the start of this season. So much so there are several comments he made during the match which make it in here.
– “I’m absolutely fuming watching them. It’s ridiculous some of the things you see from them.”
– “I’d stick them all up on the transfer list. Some of these Arsenal players want a move. Who would buy them? None of them would get a better club than where they are now.”
– “I’m not a Liverpool fan but this Arsenal team deserve a battering.”
– “They (the Arsenal fans) must be livid. Liverpool are brilliant going forward but how can you play like this in a big game for so many of Arsenal’s players? Forget not turning up, forget not playing well but just the general attitude or lack of respect for the shirt from three or four of them in not running back and not bothering is disgraceful.”
Neville was less than impressed when Manchester United let a 2-1 lead slip at Leicester City earlier this season.
“You can’t believe it, he (Jose Mourinho) cannot believe it,” he said on Sky Sports. “And I have to say, have I just seen what I have just seen?
“It’s an unbelievable cross from Albrighton. But Chris Smalling has just come back onto the pitch into a central defensive position, I cannot believe he’s gone back on in there into a position to pick up the best header of the ball at the back post.
“You see him limping there at the back post with Ashley Young, and it’s incredible.”