Jamie Carragher has mocked his fellow Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville, after the former Manchester United defender named his first-choice United starting lineup
Jamie Carragher has taken aim at Gary Neville after he named his first-choice Manchester United starting XI.
During an online Q&A with fans on social media, Neville was asked to pick his ideal starting XI that he’d like to see selected for the rest of the season – provided there were no injuries.
Ex-Liverpool star Carragher duly piped in to mock his fellow Sky Sports pundit for some of his decisions, noting his surprise by a few of the starting players and their positions.
Neville’s choice to leave out Jadon Sancho, and favour both Mason Greenwood and Edison Cavani, left Carragher stunned.
Added to that, the United legend fielded Paul Pogba as a central midfielder instead of the wide left role, despite previously saying he should play there.
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Unsurprisingly, Carragher mocked Neville for this as well as his decision to name both Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo – with the 36-year-old pushed back into a wide role.
Interrupting the Q&A, Carragher tweeted: “So is Pogba not a left winger anymore @GNev. The right-winger you said the club were desperate for doesn’t play. & you’ve got Ronaldo wide. Ossie Ardiles wouldn’t pick that team.”
Responding directly, Neville said: “Just having fun with the fans James.”
Neville had been an ardent supporter of bringing in talented youngster Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund during the summer.
The £73million signing has struggled since arriving at Old Trafford however, yet to claim a first goal or assist for his new club – having averaged a goal or assist every game in his 104 appearances for the German side.
Neville’s ideal United lineup also saw David de Gea in goal after his fine start to the season, leaving Dean Henderson to the bench.
The back four was the same as the one Ole Gunnar Solskjær has picked – Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw on either side.
Scott McTominay got the nod for Neville’s midfield alongside Pogba, with Bruno Fernandes in the No.10 position, Greenwood on the right flank, Ronaldo left and Cavani as the No.9.
Also during the Q&A, Neville slammed Fernandes’ recent apology for missing an injury-time penalty during United’s loss to Aston Villa.
Nevile wrote: “It’s embarrassing! They need to sack their PR people , speak with some authenticity and get on with it.
“I’m going to go big on this in the next few weeks. They’ve all got these comms managers, that are creating personalities that don’t exist!”