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Neville apologises for “delirious” commentary as Man Utd top of Premier League

Gary Neville was in a “delirious” mood after Manchester United moved to the top of the Premier League table on Tuesday night.

A second half goal from Paul Pogba was enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to win 1-0 and leapfrog Liverpool to move to the summit of the table ahead of the rivals’ meeting at Anfield on Sunday.

The win means United are top past New Year’s Day for the first time since they last won the title under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, and Neville says their fans have every right to enjoy it.

“It’s just all turning around for different teams at different moments and it could go the other way in three or four weeks,” he told Sky Sports.

“But like I said, it’s not going to stop Manchester United fans from getting carried away in the next few days.

Paul Pogba’s deflected effort gave United a 1-0 victory

“Why shouldn’t they? It’s been a really difficult few years and at times it’s looked like Manchester United are a millions miles away from the top of the league.

“So to be top of the league, three points clear of a really good Liverpool side, in January, is something that isn’t expected.”

Neville felt the need to apologise for his Sky Sports commentary after the match featured a couple of contentious VAR decisions as well as other distractions for the Salford City co-owner.

There was a lengthy delay in the first half when referee Kevin Friend and VAR pored over incidents which could have seen both Luke Shaw and Robbie Brady sent off, with both eventually booked, while Harry Maguire also had a goal ruled out for a foul.

Neville was delighted to see wins for both Man Utd and Salford City
Neville was delighted to see wins for both Man Utd and Salford City

“Apologies for the commentary tonight!” he tweeted after the game.

“Stockley Park all over the place, producer in my ear saying Salford have scored in the 92min and United gone top of the league! Delirious! I will be better Sunday.”

Salford had indeed scored a late winner at Scunthorpe through Ian Henderson as they moved up to fifth in League Two.

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