Watch: Pep Guardiola hits back at Gary Neville over ‘joke’ comment


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hit back at Manchester United legend Gary Neville.

Neville criticised Guardiola’s decision to name just six substitutes for last weekend’s Premier League trip to Burnley.

The Sky Sports pundit argued the City boss could have named a youngster on the bench to give them the experience, branding the situation a “joke”.

“If you’re a youth team manager at Manchester City, ring him up and ask which kid deserves that boost,” Neville said. “Who has been playing well this season and who has worked hard?

“If you’re the Academy or reserve team manager at Manchester City you must think ‘I’m wasting my time’. Forget the fact they’ve spent however much money, six players on the bench… to me it’s like a protest.

“I think it’s a joke, I absolutely think it’s a joke”

However, Guardiola hit back ahead of his side’s game against Leicester City, aiming a sly dig at the former Valencia manager.

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