Manchester United legend Gary Neville trolls Liverpool after Champions League defeat against Real Madrid

‘We’ve conquered all of Europe.

‘We’re never gonna stop.

‘From Paris down to Turkey.

‘We’ve won the f***ing lot.

‘Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly.

‘The fields of Anfield Road.

‘We are loyal supporters.

‘And we come from Liverpool.

‘Allez, Allez, Allez.’

Gary Neville pleads with Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘Please save Man Utd from a season from hell!’

Neville and Ronaldo used to be team-mates at United (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has pleaded with Cristiano Ronaldo to ensure Manchester United supporters don’t fully endure the ‘season from hell’.

Ronaldo is expected to lead Real Madrid’s attack when the La Liga side take on United’s rivals Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26.

And Neville remains hopeful the former Red Devils forward can prevent Jurgen Klopp’s side from lifting a sixth European Cup, helping to make life more bearable for United supporters.

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‘Oh no, make no mistake about it, this could be the season from hell,’ Neville told The Telegraph. ‘I mean, Manchester City have won the title [by 19 points], they’ve won two trophies.

‘If Liverpool now win the European Cup and Chelsea beat United in the FA Cup final, to be honest I might go travelling for a year to somewhere where there’s no Wi-Fi or phone signal.

‘Actually, there might be a few million United fans joining me. What date’s the Champions League final? May 26th? We’ve all got a charter booked for the 27th of May.

‘There will be a million flights booked out of Manchester to the forests of the Amazon. We’re out of here, we’re gone.

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Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games for United (Picture: Getty)‘Let’s just live in hope that Manchester United win the FA Cup and Ronaldo – our friend and boy Cristiano – turns up, scores a lovely little hat-trick, puts us out of our misery in the second half and lets us relax.

‘Nah, I mean Liverpool have done brilliantly to get to a Champions League final. I just don’t want them to win it!’

The Reds travel to Kiev to take on the reigning European champions next Saturday in the final game of their club season.

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Gary Neville puts Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Mohamed Salah in Ballon d’Or reckoning

Cristiano Ronaldo remains the best player on the planet – according to Neville (Getty)Despite talk that Mohamed Salah could scoop the next Ballon d’Or award, Gary Neville says there is only one winner – Cristiano Ronaldo.

Salah is enjoying an incredible season at Liverpool that has seen him score a hatful of goals and put the club on the verge of the Champions League final.

The Egyptian has bagged 31 in the Premier League – matching the record for the most goals in a 38-game season. Across all competitions the former Roma player has scored 43.

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Mohamed Salah scored twice and assisted another two in Liverpool’s 5-2 win over Roma on Tuesday (Getty)Having beaten Kevin de Bruyne to the PFA Player of the Year, some are now tipping him to be the player to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s stronghold on the Ballon d’Or. The pair have shared the award since Kaka won it in 2007.

However, Neville says there is ‘only one winner’ in a tweet responding to a comparison between Salah and his rivals for the award.

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Currently, bookmakers put Salah ahead of Lionel Messi for the award but behind Ronaldo.

Ballon d’Or winners since 2007

2007 – Kaka

2008 – Ronaldo

2009 – Messi

2010 – Messi

2011 – Messi

2012 – Messi

2013 – Ronaldo

2014 – Ronaldo

2015 – Messi

2016 – Ronaldo

2017 – Ronaldo

2018 – ???

Salah and Ronaldo may well come face-to-face in the Champions League final with Liverpool and Real Madrid on course after their semi-final first legs. Whoever comes out top in Kiev could have a major bearing on where the prestigious Ballon d’Or award ends up.

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Roma will knock Liverpool out of the Champions League, predicts Gary Neville

Roma can knock Liverpool out of the Champions League, says Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville believes Liverpool’s Champions League dream will be ended by Roma.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will attempt to reach a Champions League final for the first time since 2007 after they beat Manchester City to reach the last-four.

The first match takes place at Anfield on Tuesday night, with the return leg in Rome booked for next Wednesday.

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Liverpool smashed Premier League champions City 5-1 in the quarter-finals but Roma also showed their class, overturning a 3-0 deficit to stun Barcelona.

The Reds are the favourites to progress in the competition but Neville believes Roma, who are third in Serie A, will cause an upset.

‘I’m going for Liverpool to win their first leg 2-1, but I’ll add that I also think they’ll get knocked out over the two legs,’ the Manchester United legend told Sky Sports.

Gary Neville thinks Jamie Carragher should keep Sky Sports job despite spitting incident

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville (Getty)Gary Neville says Jamie Carragher has ‘no excuses’ for spitting on a 14-year-old girl, but has called on Sky Sports to stop short of sacking him.

The football pundit was filmed on Saturday after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United spitting from his car window after being goaded about the result at Old Trafford.

Carragher has repeatedly apologised for the incident, including making an appearance on Sky News to express his regret. He’s also spoken to the family involved, including the young girl whose face he spat on.

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He’s been suspended by Sky Sports who said Carragher’s actions fell ‘well below the standards we expect of our people’.

Statement from Sky

‘Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions, we have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties.

‘It falls well below the standards we expect of our people.’

Carragher has become one of the faces of Sky Sports since retiring from football in 2013, with his relationship with rival Gary Neville proving popular with viewers.

Neville has condemned Carragher on Twitter, but doesn’t believe he deserves to be sacked.

‘I’ve just watched Carragher say sorry [on Sky News]. No excuses he’s made a big mistake.

‘He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted.

‘I’ve been on TV for thre years with him and in my opinion this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.’

I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake . He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted . I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2018

Sky have suspended him indefinitely, starting with his appearance on Monday Night Football this evening.

He’s also been pulled from working on Danish TV channel TV3 who he was supposed to analyse Manchester United’s Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday.

Neville and Carragher work together on Monday Night Football (Getty)Carragher also remains hopeful he has a future with Sky.

‘Hopefully going forward I can show the real me. I don’t feel that was representative of the real me. Hopefully the general public, Sky can look at that and my 20-year career. And I’ve made mistakes in those 25 years, but this is a huge one.

‘I’ve haven’t offered that [my resignation]. No, I’m just speaking to people at Sky and working out the best way to go forward. They’ve made it known they are very disappointed. I’ve brought shame on them and football.’

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Speaking on Sky News, Carragher called the incident a ‘moment of madness’.

‘Difficult to explain, the moment of madness. I lost it. I’ve apologised for it and I can’t take it back, as much as I want to. I can hopefully move forward,’ he said.

‘I can’t explain for those four or five seconds why I reacted like that. It never happened before and it won’t happen again. This whole incident, the family I’ve dragged them into and it’s devastating for them.’

Carragher expressed regret at pulling a 14-year-old into the scandal.

‘A young girl who wasn’t involved in anything, is now getting embroiled.

‘A young girl feels slightly worse than me. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and it’s difficult to say how I would react if someone had done that.

‘The way that father sees his daughter is the way I see my daughter.

‘It is my biggest regret, getting involved in that type of situation.’

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He added: ‘Hopefully I can get the chance to meet face to face with the family, and apologise to them again.’

Before he was suspended by Sky, Carragher was approached by reporters as he arrived at Euston station from Liverpool. He took that opportunity to apologise for his behaviour.

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Gary Neville warns Jose Mourinho he cannot repeat one unacceptable mistake against Liverpool

Jose Mourinho has been criticised for his defensive tactics against Manchester United’s main rivals this season (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has been warned a repeat of the gameplan which saw Manchester United draw 0-0 at Anfield earlier this season would represent an ‘unacceptable’ mistake by Gary Neville.

The Special One was roundly criticised after United emerged unscathed from their trip to Liverpool back in October, having shown almost no attacking ambition.

Neville admits it would be foolhardy to go for the jugular straight away given Liverpool’s threat on the break, but believes an overcautious approach would risk a backlash from the Old Trafford faithful.

‘I think, to be fair, there should be a level of caution applied to the first 60 minutes of the game by Manchester United,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

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David De Gea’s miracle save helped Manchester United earn a 0-0 draw against Liverpool back in October (Picture: Getty)‘Anyone who opens up against Liverpool has the potential to be blown off the pitch in the first 30 minutes. They are absolutely outstanding when they have space and you simply cannot open yourself up to those counter-attacks.

‘What I’d like to see is a controlled approach in the first half and then a clear intent to win the game in the second half.

‘The idea that it could be like the last meeting at Anfield, I would not accept that. They can never be boring in big games at Old Trafford. That does not necessarily mean goals but being passionate, intense, physical and fighting to win the game.

‘I said after the last meeting it was not acceptable and it is about showing intent to win the game, which they can do more and more as the game goes on against Liverpool.’

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Gary Neville delivers prediction for Manchester United v Liverpool

Neville is backing his former club(Picture: Getty)Gary Neville believes home advantage will see Manchester United through against Liverpool on Saturday, and believes Jurgen Klopp’s team are ‘a completely different proposition’ away from Anfield.

Jose Mourinho’s side will welcome the Reds to Old Trafford this weekend, with both teams hoping to edge closer to guaranteeing Champions League football next season.

The Red Devils sit two points ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League in second place, with the duo holding down two of the three spots realistically still available as Manchester City continue to move nearer to clinching the title.

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Mourinho will hope to come out on top (Picture: Getty)Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are not far behind and a win for either Liverpool or United on Saturday could prove crucial in the final standings at the end of the season.

And Neville believes that if United survive the first half an hour against Klopp’s side, then their home advantage should see them through.

‘I always fancy United at home,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘With Liverpool, you have to get through that first half an hour, especially at Anfield, where they are a completely different proposition.

Can Klopp’s side snatch victory? (Picture: Getty)‘I’ve always thought that for Liverpool away from home they struggled with the size of the pitch, despite them not being hugely different on paper.

‘It’s a lot harder for United to play at Anfield and a lot harder for Liverpool to play at Old Trafford, so I fancy United to win.

‘Jose Mourinho has two big games in four days that will define the rest of the season – against Liverpool and Sevilla. How strong he goes in both remains to be seen.’

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hits back at ‘stupid’ Thierry Henry and Gary Neville criticism

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was criticised by Thierry Henry and Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he has made Thierry Henry and Gary Neville look ‘a bit stupid’ with his impressive form for Liverpool.

After a slow start to life at Anfield following his summer move from Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain has emerged as an influential player for the Reds in recent weeks.

The England international’s £40million move to Liverpool was greeted with surprise by some figures in the media, with Neville claiming he needed to drastically improve to get a game under Jurgen Klopp.

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The Manchester United legend, who briefly work with Oxlade-Chamberlain with England, said: ‘Everyone seems to be eulogising over him but he doesn’t get in the best XI and strengthen their team.

‘He has three or four areas of his game which he has to significantly improve.”

Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, was just as critical, saying: ‘You have to bring something on the table. I have been watching him for a very long time and I still don’t know what he’s good at.’

Responding to the criticism from the two high-profile Premier League greats, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: ‘I was very aware of those comments. It is not nice to hear it from your peers or people you have worked with.

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‘Saying you don’t know what I do when you have worked with me, I think it is a bit stupid. When you have watched someone long enough you know what they can do.

‘They can have their own opinions. It cannot shake me. Fair enough if that is what they think, I am not really too bothered.’

Asked if he had spoken to the pair about the comments, the 24-year-old added: ‘No. I don’t need to. If people want to say those things, you remember them, you don’t forget them, but I am not here to make enemies.

‘The important thing is that when I came here I had a manager who had faith in me and he felt something different to that and I had faith in myself.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)‘Everyone says you have to be your own biggest fan and believe in yourself. I am old enough and wise enough and I have been around it long enough to know that things will be said, and not nice things a lot of the time – and when you are doing well, nice things will be said.

‘That is all part and parcel of it [but] it is never nice to hear it from people you have worked with.’

Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday saw them move back above Manchester United into second. The Red Devils face Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

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Mohamed Salah was once again the hero for Klopp’s side, breaking the deadlock in the 40th minute before Sadio Mane secured the three points after the break.

On Salah’s incredible run this season, manager Klopp said: ‘I love the goals he’s scored, I love his assists. I love this player.

‘He’s doing so well, but all the others have exactly the same importance and he knows that.’

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Mesut Ozil must help Arsenal win trophies and return to the Champions League after signing new deal, says Gary Neville

Mesut Ozil, the former Real Madrid star, has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil must help Arsenal win trophies and secure a return to the Champions League after committing his long-term future to the club, Gary Neville has said.

After months of intense speculation, Arsenal confirmed on Thursday that Germany international Ozil had put pen to paper on a new contract, believed to be worth £350,000-a-year.

Ozil, 29, has endured a mixed spell at the Emirates since signing from Real Madrid in 2013, winning three FA Cups but failing to challenge for the Premier League or the Champions League.

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The Gunners lost their place in the Champions League altogether last season and Neville says it is up to players like Ozil to get Arsenal back to where they belong.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Manchester United and England defender said: ‘Losing Alexis Sanchez [to Manchester United] was a blow, so to get Ozil sorted is positive for them.

‘But he now needs to perform at the level he has been performing in recent months for the next few years, to get Arsenal the trophies they need and to get them back up into that top four.’

#WeveGotOzil – and he’s not going anywhere 🔴
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2018

Ozil’s goals and assist stats since joining Arsenal are impressive but his application in the so-called crunch games has been repeatedly questioned.

And for Jamie Carragher, Ozil must improve this aspect of his game to cement himself alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.

Carragher said: ‘I think the question has always been whether he does decide the big games, is he the man to take them to big trophies and the Premier League?

‘That has not happened over the last few years, and that has to happen for him to be placed alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.’

Ozil had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this year but said he let his ‘heart decide’ after signing a new long-term contract in north London.

Writing on Instagram, the German playmaker said: ‘Proud to announce: I signed dat thing… 3 more years with Arsenal!

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‘It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who’s important to me…

‘Good things take time! In the end I let my heart decide. As I always said, I feel at home here and I’m highly motivated to achieve big things in the next few years. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.’

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Gary Neville questions Liverpool’s £75m transfer move for Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk has joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75million (Picture: Instagram)Gary Neville has questioned the ‘incredible’ £75million fee paid by Liverpool to sign Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday they had reached an agreement to make Van Dijk, who was also linked with Manchester City and Chelsea, the most expensive defender in history.

Former Manchester United and England star Neville insists Liverpool needed to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s defensive options but suggested they paid over the odds for Van Dijk.

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He told Sky Sports: ‘It’s a lot of money! When I first heard it I thought “wow, £75m”. I’m not surprised by the actual transfer but that is an incredible amount of money.

‘Liverpool need defenders and have to pay to get him. That’s the way the market is and it isn’t going to change.’

Liverpool were expected to sign Van Dijk last summer but were forced to abandon the chase after being accused of tapping-up offences.

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)But Klopp has finally secured his long-term target in a deal that eclipses the £53m paid by Manchester City for Kyle Walker.

‘It sounds like a fantastic deal for Southampton,’ Neville added. ‘But if Liverpool can stop their creaking in big matches when put under pressure then it will be a good deal for Liverpool as well.

‘People will forget about the money that has been spent in a year or two if they can win trophies and get the defence right.

‘Liverpool have to get the defence right, in the bigger matches they do stress quite quickly and can crack, so from their point of view, paying that sort of money hopefully it pays off, but for Southampton they would snap your hand off for £75m.’