Neville claims one Man Utd star has ‘annoyed’ him for ‘two months’

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Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville holds a coffee

Gary Neville insists Man Utd superstar Cristiano Ronaldo must start clapping the supporters after matches following their 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.

The Red Devils rescued a point at struggling Newcastle on Monday evening in which substitute Edinson Cavani’s second-half equaliser at St James’ Park cancelled out Allan Saint-Maximin’s opener.

Had it not been for a post and a brilliant save by David De Gea, either Jacob Murphy or Miguel Almiron could have won it for the Magpies at the death.

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Man Utd survived but Neville labelled the Red Devils a bunch of “whinge-bags” after the match and he was particularly “annoyed” at Ronaldo for failing to go over and clap the travelling support.

“I think when you mention body language. I said it after the Everton game earlier on in the season when Cristiano sort of walked off and I thought he put pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’s run off again tonight,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“He ran off at Watford when the manager was going to get sacked… and at Norwich. I think that Bruno’s whinging…

“They’re the two senior players in that dressing room, it’s devastating for the younger players if the two best players in that team are looking at the others as if you’re not good enough.

“I think Cavani takes that away. I don’t think he wilts in the presence of Ronaldo or Fernandes, I think he stands up to them. He helps the younger players and I think he needs to be on the pitch.

“They need to get rid of that whinging atittude, they really do. You’ve got to go over and clap the fans at the end of the game.

“I don’t care how you’ve played, what the result is, get over to them fans and clap them, walk off with your team-mates.

“You have to do that, particularly when you’re the best player in the world. It’s annoyed me for about two months.

“The best players in your team, it’s devastating when they’re showing that look and body language to the younger ones. They have to help them.

“They have to be the father, the grandparent in the team. I made massive mistakes at Man Utd but I had great senior players who would have a go at me but also put their arm around me I think there’s something wrong.

“You can’t run off at the end of a game. Bruno is whinging all the time; he’s been sensational for Man Utd.

“The two centre-backs were poor at the back, [Harry] Maguire is having a nightmare season, [Raphael] Varane is just coming back into it.

“You’ve got to be there when your team-mates need you in those moments.

“At the end of the day, I love that lad [Ronaldo], he’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life almost, but don’t run off like that. I’m not having that.”