‘A bunch of whinge-bags!’ – Gary Neville tears into Man United at half-time of Newcastle match
"They are a bunch of whinge-bags. I'm not going to go into the names. But, honestly, they are whingeing at each other and their arms are up in the air and they are complaining about everything." Gary Neville was incandescent with rage at the performance put in by Manchester United in the first-half of their Premier League match against Newcastle.
: David de Gea of Manchester United reacts to conceding a goal to Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on December 27, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Neville added that the 16-day break that United had between their last game – against Norwich – and the Newcastle fixture may have left them short of match practice. However, he added that was no excuse.
“I'm not really looking at that [the 16-day gap] to be honest with you because there's still the basics of the game that you can do properly, which is win your battles, go in for tackles properly and show a little bit of urgency.
They are a bunch of whinge-bags. I'm not going to go into the names.
"But, honestly, they are whingeing at each other and their arms are up in the air and they are complaining about everything.
“Honestly that is absolutely shocking out there and, to be honest with you, they got the last manager the sack and they'll get a lot of managers the sack if they carry on like that because that's a really, really poor performance. It's only 45 minutes but they've got to sort themselves out because that is massively below what's expected.”
United won their first two fixtures - against Crystal Palace and Norwich - under interim boss Rangnick but had two games postponed since - against Brentford and Brighton - and were sat in seventh ahead of the fixture.
"I’ve watched Premier League football for the last 40 years so when it was also the First Division and I know what kind of tradition it is to play football over Christmas and on Boxing Day, the 27th, the 30th and even New Year’s Day or the 2nd January,” he told United’s official website.
“So if somebody came across the idea to abolish then we might as well speak about abolishing the five o’clock tea or the Queen or whatever – this is all part of the tradition of this country and I’m very much looking forward to being part of this for the first time in my career.”