Manchester United coach Phil Neville took to Twitter to respond to criticism received in the aftermath of his co-commentating debut during England's opening World Cup clash against Italy last night.

The former Red Devils and Everton defender was ridiculed on social media for his uninspiring performance alongside Guy Mowbray, taking a large proportion of flak from frustrated Three Lions supporters who had just watched Roy Hodgson's side fall to a 2-1 defeat in Manaus.

Perceived as boring and often described as monotone, Neville lived up to his stereotype with an abject display from the commentary box, which was somewhat surprising given the widespread praise his brother Gary has received since moving into punditry following his retirement as a player at Old Trafford.

However, Phil remained open-minded following the latest frenzy of negative comments, insisting that he will take those opinions on board in a bid to improve in the future.

"1st live co-comm last night-sometimes u have to take the criticism - it will only make me better - thanks for the feedback(ahhahaha)!" he tweeted.

In truth, the 37-year-old is having a bit of a rough time at the moment, following his role played in Manchester United's worst ever Premier League campaign, where he formed part of the recently sacked David Moyes's backroom team.

The appointment of Louis van Gaal has raised doubts about Neville's long-term future at Manchester United, but he'll - like everyone else - be hoping that he isn't relieved of his coaching duties or else a permanent punditry role might beckon...

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