Neville hits back at journo over Solskjaer sack argument

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 11:49 - Joe Williams

Gary Neville looks unhappy

Gary Neville has hit back at Daily Mirror journalist John Cross after the former Man Utd defender was criticised for not “calling out” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Neville has frustrated some Man Utd supporters this season by refusing to criticise Solskjaer despite some poor performances.

Their loss at Leicester City on Saturday meant they have only won two of their last seven matches in all competitions and taken one point from their last three Premier League matches.


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Greater things were expected of this squad after the Red Devils brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer transfer window.

It is now Solskjaer’s third full season as manager at Old Trafford and Cross among others thinks there should be more scrutiny on him from former players.

Neville argued on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football that he would never call for Solskjaer to get sacked because he was a friend.

Cross responded to a tweet summing up Neville’s case for not being overly critical of his former team-mate. The chief football writer at the Daily Mirror said: “Was at Arsenal last night so didn’t see this… it’s an amazing watch.

“This is Manchester United they’re talking about. Manchester United. Former team mates won’t call him out. And openly admit they won’t. If you can’t be objective about it…”

Neville replied by claiming Cross was always “soft” on Arsene Wenger towards the end of his time at Arsenal.

The former Man Utd defender tweeted: “John you were soft on Wenger due to your relationship with the club for years! I’m really happy to admit I won’t ask for any manager or Ole to be sacked . Me being a pundit is irrelevant compared to my position as a human being and someone’s friend . At least I admit it.”

To which Cross replied: “Er, I said he should have gone after 2014 cup final and he used to tell me I “killed him” every week! But you’re right. I couldn’t call for a mate to be sacked and I respect your position on that.”

 

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