Peter Schmeichel defends Simon Mignolet after Gary Neville comments

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Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel has accused his former teammate Gary Neville, a fellow Old Trafford legend, of carrying out a “character assassination” of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Neville, along with former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher, made a few critical observations of the under-fire Mignolet on their Sky Sports’ programme Monday Night Football earlier this month.

The Belgian shot-stopper was beaten by a thunderous last-minute equaliser by Everton’s Phil Jagielka days earlier, leading Neville to pick out a few past instances of where Mignolet’s positioning had been suspect.

Neville accepted that his criticism of Mignolet may seem unnecessarily harsh to most people, but the England coach made a persuasive argument, even getting out of his chair to demonstrate his point and add further weight to his point of view.

But Schmeichel, clearly a member of the goalkeepers’ union, was not happy with his former teammate’s assessment - and thought it was only just short of a personal attack.

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"It was a character assassination that [Neville] did to Simon Mignolet,” the former Denmark international told 5 Live Sport. “Neville & Carragher took him apart.”

Made aware of Schmeichel’s comments, Neville hit back via Twitter, posting: “haha! Everytime a keeper gets criticised it's personal! He made a mistake ' Get over it”.

Neville, widely considered football’s best pundit, has made the point plenty of times in the past that he is harsh on goalkeepers in general - but Schmeichel felt on that occasion both he and Carragher had gone a little over the top.

Jury out over Mignolet

There will be many who disagree - even some Liverpool fans, who are less than convinced by Mignolet. The 26-year-old endured another difficult night on Wednesday night in the Champions League, as Real Madrid recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at Anfield.

There has been speculation that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign free agent Victor Valdes, who is currently training with Manchester United. However, the Reds’ boss will need to fend off stiff competition from Louis van Gaal, who it’s understood wants to sign the former Barcelona shot-stopper to provide David de Gea with competition for the number one jersey.

Liverpool fans: where do you stand on Mignolet? Is he good enough for Liverpool? Leave a comment in the box below.

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