Jamie Carragher has dropped Gary Neville right in it after claiming his Sky Sports colleague has bottled appearing on Monday Night Football following Manchester United's 7-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Both pundits were on duty for the remarkable match at Anfield on Sunday where a second-half capitulation by the visitors saw Liverpool achieve a record-breaking result against their arch-rivals. Two goals apiece from Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, plus one from Roberto Firmino, saw United completely humiliated.
Ex-United legend Neville was furious at his old club's performance, branding it a "disgrace" despite later defending them and claiming Liverpool "didn't play that well" and describing it as a "freak" result that was "out of character" for Erik ten Hag's side.
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Carragher took great pleasure in goading his peer, and has now grassed up Neville for appearing to pull out of Monday night's broadcast. "Gary Neville has cried off from MNF," Carragher tweeted, followed by laughing emojis. Asked if Neville had bottled his appearance, Carragher replied with the 100 [per cent] emoji.
The pair are normally both involved on Sky Sports' Monday night showing, with Brentford set to play Fulham this week. Before the game the pundits usually run through various matches and flashpoints from the weekend, with Carragher even asking his followers which game they wanted the most analysis from.
Needless to say, there was only one winner, as Liverpool's mauling of United clocked up 75 per cent of the vote.
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Neville had become frustrated by Carragher and Graeme Souness in the aftermath of the thrashing. "Look at you gloating like little children," Neville said as they pressed him on his remarks about Liverpool not playing well.
"My point is I’ve seen Liverpool play well for five or six years and they’ve put in some of the best performances I’ve ever seen. They’re still not back anywhere near that," he added.
"So did Liverpool play well today?" Carragher asked.
Neville responded: "They played alright in the second half, they won the game no problem. I’ve said congratulations, well done. Congratulations. My point is when you get beat seven nil it becomes about how bad the other team are. Manchester United in that second half – Luke Shaw, Varane, Martinez, Dalot, that midfield, they were an absolute shambles."
After Carragher suggested it was Liverpool who deserved credit for scoring seven, Neville replied tersely: "I’ve given you credit, James. You’ve won seven nil, congratulations. You’ve got three points, well done."
Souness turned to Carragher and said: "I’ve never heard him call you James before – you’ve got him. You’ve got him."
To add to his playful joshing, Carragher has since updated his Twitter profile picture to the image of a glum-faced Neville in the commentary box, taken after Liverpool had scored their fifth goal.
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