‘They’re a bunch of whingebags!’ Gary Neville fumes at Manchester United after ‘shocking’ performance saw Red Devils go in at half-time trailing to relegation-threatened Newcastle
- Manchester United went in 1-0 down against lowly Newcastle on Monday night
- The Red Devils turned in a shambolic first-half performance at St James’ Park
- Club icon Gary Neville stuck the boot in at the break, calling them ‘whingebags’
Gary Neville has furiously labelled Manchester United’s players a ‘bunch of whingebags’ after a shambolic first-half performance against Newcastle.
The Red Devils went in at the interval 1-0 down against Eddie Howe’s side at St James’ Park on Monday night after Allan Saint-Maximin punished a defensive mistake from Raphael Varane.
And Neville told Monday Night Football there were ‘no positives’ from the visitors’ ‘shocking’ showing.
Gary Neville has furiously labelled Manchester United a ‘bunch of whingebags’ after a shambolic performance saw them go in 1-0 down at half-time against Newcastle on Monday
The iconic former defender insisted that there were ‘no positives’ from their first-half showing
He said: ‘You don’t want to go overboard, they’ve been off for 16 days, new manager, trying to get used to a new system. The balance in the side isn’t right. But I was worried after Norwich, there’s no pressing, there was no urgency, the basics of the game, every single battle they’ve lost.
‘That’s been a really poor performance, that. Honestly. They’ve not done one single thing right as a team, not one single player can go in and say they’ve done their jobs, or even done themselves justice. No positives. Nothing.
‘There are still basics of the game you can do properly. Win your battles, go in for tackles properly, show a bit of urgency, look like it matters.’
And Neville blasted the side’s mentality and body language on the pitch, insisting the blame for the performance lay with the players rather than the boss.
But Neville refused to blame new boss Ralf Rangnick, instead putting responsibility on players
He added: ‘They’re whinging at each other! They’re a bunch of whingebags! A bunch of whingebags! Watch them on that pitch, arms up in the air, complaining about everything! Honestly, they’re absolutely shocking out there in that first half.
‘They got the last manager the sack! Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, he’s only had a few weeks with them, but they’ll get a lot of managers the sack, that lot, if they carry on like that. It’s only 45 minutes but they’ve got to sort themselves out because it’s massively below what’s expected.
‘They’ve played the two teams at the bottom of the league, and they’ve shown us nothing! Nothing to do with the manager, by the way. It’s to do with the players out on the pitch. Not good enough.’
Bruno Fernandes, Alex Telles and Cristiano Ronaldo were among the United players to ostensibly complain about refereeing decisions in the first half, with Fernandes booked in the second half for dissent.