Jamie Carragher was quick to make fun of his friend and Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea
But the Liverpool legend didn’t miss when taking aim at Neville after noticing United’s technical director Darren Fletcher using an earpiece.
“It can’t be Michael Carrick [who he’s talking to],” said Carragher on commentary. “Probably to Gary Neville, knowing how busy he is.”
Carragher also had a pop at Neville before the match over his absence, tweeting: “Gary said he didn’t want to do it [cover the game] as he’s not ready to analyse Man Utd without Ole just yet.”
Carragher was referring to former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was relieved of his duties seven days ago after Neville defended him in the press.
Neville replied: “Don’t c**k it up without me.”
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Several fans on social media also noticed Fletcher was using an earpiece, with some suggesting he was talking to incoming manager Ralf Rangnick.
The German is expected to be announced as United’s interim boss until the end of the season in the coming days.
One supporter wrote: “Fletcher is 100 per cent on the phone to Rangnick, we are pressing and looking to win the ball higher up the pitch this half!”
Some fans, however, joked about Fletcher’s equipment. One tweeted: “Some reckon Rangnick is talking to Fletcher on an earpiece… he’s talking to Ole.”
Other hilarious suggestions included Sir Alex Ferguson, Just Eat, Alexa and supporter Andy Tate, who famously ranted about ex-United manager David Moyes during the 2013-14 campaign.
It’s believed Fletcher was actually communicating with a data analyst, who was reviewing the team’s performance from high-up in the stands.
Carragher also offered some words of wisdom on Rangnick ahead of the game.
“Nobody has to play the same way but top level football is played like that,” said Carragher. “United were a million miles away from that.
“I think this guy is coming in, Ralf Rangnick, will make sure United get in the Champions League next season.
“But the biggest job he has it to identify the next coach his role will be taking away from the people at the top and they will take advice from him. “He will want the next coach to be in his mould.”
Although Carragher praised United’s apparent decision to appoint Rangnick, fellow Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane isn’t too impressed.
The former Red Devils captain questioned the club’s desire to hire an interim manager and thinks the players are more to blame than previous boss Solskjaer.
“First of all, it was disappointing for Ole to finish in such a low obviously going through a difficult time the Watford result was really poor and the performance,” he added.
“Obviously, I’ve argued with Jamie about a manager getting enough time and Ole did get enough time and the results and the performances over the last couple of months have been really poor.
“So, there was no real surprise after the Watford game but the club now have to regroup, get somebody in and get the deed over the line.
“I don’t think it’s ideal this interim stuff until the end of the season but it is what it is and they have to get on with it.
“But ultimately, when I look at the last few performances from the players, they’re nowhere near good enough for Man Utd, but the manager paid the price.”