Gary Neville reveals he KNOWS the identities of the 'DISGUSTING' Man United stars leaking secrets

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No sooner had Paul Scholes criticised the actions – or inaction – of Manchester United’s under-achieving stars than another member of the club’s fabled Class of ’92 took issue with their words on Monday. 

As the unofficial shop steward of a tight-knit dressing-room at Old Trafford, Gary Neville isn’t used to seeing some of the stories that are coming out from the current squad and didn’t pull any punches as he described them as ‘disrespectful’ and ‘disgusting’.

Over the past week, in particular, it emerged that United’s players would prefer Mauricio Pochettino over Erik ten Hag as their new permanent manager in the summer. 

They are said to be unhappy with interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s training methods and jokingly refer to his No 2 Chris Armas as Ted Lasso, the fictional US soccer coach.

Gary Neville called leaks coming out of Manchester United about the coaches 'disgusting'

Gary Neville called leaks coming out of Manchester United about the coaches ‘disgusting’

It was claimed Red Devils stars have been comparing No 2 Chris Armas (left) to Ted Lasso

It was claimed Red Devils stars have been comparing No 2 Chris Armas (left) to Ted Lasso

Lasso's character is a hapless American coach who takes over a Premier League club

Lasso’s character is a hapless American coach who takes over a Premier League club 

‘I thought that was downright disrespectful,’ said Neville on his Sky Sports podcast. 

‘I did not find it funny at all that they were describing Ralf Rangnick’s No 2 as Ted Lasso. Not only was it disrespectful, but I found it disgusting.

‘It sums up what I think of them: that they are disrespectful. I think if I was Ralf Rangnick and his No 2, I would gain strength from that because I would not want to be on the same page as some of those players who are leaking those types of stories.

‘I don’t like reports saying “players want this manager”. Stay out of that. Get your own job right.

‘If Pochettino is the choice of the board, appoint him. But they shouldn’t appoint him because of what the players think. 

‘I hate to think for one second they are listening to the players in the dressing-room.

‘At this moment in time they are all looking after one another. All that c**p, that nonsense is happening behind the scenes at United.’ 

Neville’s outburst followed some equally strong words from Scholes after United were held at home by Southampton on Saturday when he accused the players of ‘not putting a shift in for the club’.

Neville urged United not to appoint Mauricio Pochettino just to keep the players happy

Neville urged United not to appoint Mauricio Pochettino just to keep the players happy

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl cast more doubt over their work-rate by saying ‘it’s not a big secret that when they lose the ball the reverse gears are not the best from everyone’.

It was the third game in a row that United had drawn 1-1 despite taking the lead after they went out of the FA Cup to Middlesbrough on penalties and then dropped Premier League points to Burnley and Saints.

Ahead of Tuesday’s game against Brighton at Old Trafford, Rangnick was asked if the players needed to start taking some of the blame considering United have sacked four managers in eight-and-a-half years.

‘I’m not sure if it is about the players,’ he replied. 

‘From the last 10 weeks, I can tell you that the players are ambitious, they work hard and they want to get better. 

Man United were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday

Man United were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday

‘They don’t feel happy after a game like Burnley, Middlesbrough or Southampton.

‘My job is to help show them a pathway to win games, and all the other things we need to discuss at the end of the season.’ 

The more pressing concern for Rangnick is to stop United’s knack of shooting themselves in the foot, and pick up some wins in the next three league games against Brighton, Leeds and Watford. The three after that in March are against Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool.

‘The situation is pretty clear,’ he added. ‘In 11 of 13 games since I arrived, we scored the first goal and were 1-0 up but we didn’t win all of them.

Man United are fifth in the Premier League but have work to do to break into the top four

Man United are fifth in the Premier League but have work to do to break into the top four

‘Especially in the last three games, it was very sad that we didn’t win those games. It cost us four points in the league and the next round of the cup.

‘The first halves in the last three games have been really good, but the next step is to raise our level and to stay focused physically, mentally and tactically. 

‘I look to all those goals we conceded in the second half, and it was just too easy. It was our own mistakes we made to allow the other sides to score..’ 

Captain Harry Maguire was singled out for criticism for his performances against Southampton and Burnley. 

Not for the first time, Rangnick was forced to defend his skipper and insist that he will keep the armband.

‘In the last two games he had some weaker moments, both against Southampton and when we conceded the goal against Burnley,’ admitted Rangnick.

‘But, again, he is our captain and I don’t see any reason to change that.’

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