Gary Neville pub-crawls back and froth from The Dog and Duck to The Red Lion.
What he said:
“It’s the Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion.”
Former Manchester United player and skipper Gary Neville likens the upcoming match-up between Liverpool and Manchester United to a game between two pub sides.
Neville was commenting on United’s poor show against Southampton where they won 2-1 and had them sitting pretty at third spot in the English Premier League standings on the back of five consecutive wins.
“United got away with murder tonight. They look shot of confidence. United will be delighted to sit third and think they will get better.”
United manager Louis Van Gaal warned Neville to “pay attention to his words”.
The Dutchman said:
“He can say everything because he is an ex-legend. But as an ex-legend … or as a legend, you have to know what you are saying. You can interpret that [as you like]. It’s not difficult. He has to pay attention to his words.”
Van Gaal singled out fellow countryman Robin Van Persie for praise following his brace against Southampton but conceded that United were not up to par.
Van Gaal said:
“He was one of the three players on the pitch of Manchester United who were good or maybe very good. He had a great influence on the result. Very positive.
Until now it was his best performance. I hope but I have to say I was very pleased with his performance and also his goals. His second was not so easy because the ball was coming towards his right foot and he connected with his left. A nice touch. Normally you have six, seven, eight players who are good. But today there were too many not good, I believe.”
What Neville really meant:
“If that’s the level of play Liverpool and United are going to bring to the table, I’d be better off catching up with some Sunday League game instead or playing in one myself.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“You do know that the Dog and Duck and The Red Lion are two of my favourite sports bars, right? That’s where we should watch Sunday soccer, not in some bloody sanitised studio. Soak up the atmosphere, eh?”