Gary Neville feels Jesse Lingard does not have a “god-gifted right” to bid farewell to Manchester United, stressing the point that legendary players like Brian Robson did not get to say goodbye to Old Trafford.
talking on Gary Neville podcastThe former United defender spoke of the “nonsense” surrounding the uproar over Lingard not playing in his last game at Old Trafford, and his thoughts on United fans chanting “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” at players during the weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Brighton.
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“Why should Lingard get a goodbye when Brian Robson hasn’t?”
Neville said: “There was a lot of bullshit about Lingard. He’s been at the club for a long time and he’s done a good job. But I saw Brian Robson and Steve Bruce not playing in their last games for the club and they didn’t get to say goodbye to the Cup Finals.
“They were two great captains and one of them is probably the greatest Manchester United captain ever.
“They didn’t get the farewell they wanted so I’m not sure why Lingard deserved it.
“I’ve been tossed away in West Brom in a restroom – sometimes it just doesn’t work, Jesse!
“To feel like God really gave you a few minutes on the pitch based on how they play. None of them, except David de Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo, can complain about what will happen to them this summer.”
Nev reacts to chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt”
“They’ve been shocking months,” Neville said. “I can’t wait for the season to be over and stop talking about them. I was happy not to be in the Brighton game before, during and after it. I can’t watch it because it’s not anything a football club should be, let alone About Manchester United.
“Players only hurt themselves to the point that the fans won’t forget. They were singing ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’ – I’ve never heard United fans resort to that chant. That’s a hymn you’d hear at QPR a few years ago or in Sunderland when the fans were leaving. No I’ve never known a United fan base revolves around a team like this. It’s now really clear that the players threw in the towel. They really did. It’s been a disgrace for two months. It’s embarrassing.
“Tin Hag has a huge task to do.”
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Sky Sports Expert Graeme Souness admits he was baffled by Manchester United’s decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick, and says it is another “very bad” option from the club’s hierarchy.
“I think as a footballer, looking at the Manchester United team, the man in charge of them now is not listening to him,” Souness said. Sky Sports After crushing Brighton 4-0 on Saturday.
“Whenever I see someone talking in management, I always imagine that I’m 22 or 23 in the dressing room and this guy is talking to me.
“He’s not going to get me into it. Fergie is going to make me, and he’s not going to make me. And I think the Manchester United players have stopped listening, a long time ago.
“It’s been ten years since Man United since Fergie has been riddled with ridiculously bad football decisions. Any geniuses at Manchester United have sat down and thought, ‘We’re going to get rid of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and there’s a guy who works as a consultant, a consultant at Lokomotiv Moscow – I’m told he’s the man ‘.
“There is nothing on his resume that can guarantee him a job at Manchester United. If you go back to the players who signed them, the players who kept them and awarded their contracts, to this last man to join as a coach or a manager, whatever you want to call.
“I just don’t know where they get their football decisions from. They get it wrong constantly and that’s why they’re in the mud.”