Manchester United legend Gary Neville has hit back at claims he and current manager are in a "feud" following his scathing comments regarding the performance of the Old Trafford team in the win over Southampton on Monday night.
Neville is a pundit on Sky Sports Monday Night Football and absolutely tore into the Red Devils performance at St Mary's, claiming that the paucity of quality was making him laugh at times and predicted the meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool this weekend would resemble two "pub teams".
Understandably, Louis van Gaal did not exactly endorse this view and the Manchester United manager responded to the comments when asked by journalists after the match. While not exactly slapping Neville down, there was some needle in the way he suggested the pundit didn't know what he's talking about.
Predictably, this by proxy exchange was converted into a full-blown feud by the morning and the proverbial battle lines were being drawn and trenches being dug for a 'War of the Words' scenario, which may have been entertaining if the questioning line was maintained.
It will now be difficult for this to happen, as the pesky influence of Twitter means theses sorts of thing scan be nipped in the bud sharpish if one of those involved can a) work Twitter b) is paying attention and c) can be bothered to nip it the bud.
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Neville is fairly active with his tweeting and, some will feel disappointingly, opted against calling Van Gaal a total shit, or something like that, instead opting to use his direct connection to the fans by dismissing all notion of anything like a feud erupting between the two - the full extent of the story is below…
Gary Neville's Blast
"I think probably he won't have managed as bad a passing performance as that in his career
"Louis van Gaal will watch the video back and think they were so bad in their passing at times. It almost got to the point where you started laughing it was so bad. I was that frustrated, I was laughing.
"They've got away with murder tonight really with that performance."
On Manchester United's clash with Liverpool on Saturday: "The Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion".
Van Gaal's Revenge
On Neville's "got away with murder" comment: "That's an English expression? Hmm. Maybe.
"He can say everything because he is an ex-legend, but as an ex-legend, or a legend, you have to know what you are saying.
"You can interpret: make an interpretation of that. It's not so difficult to make an interpretation, when I say he has to pay attention to his words."
Neville Spoiling All The Fun
Whether Van Gaal agrees with the severity of Neville's criticism is one thing, but he was not about to deny that his side were fortunate to leave the south coast with all three points. Southampton were the superior team for most of the night, but failed to capitalise on numerous opportunities.
Robin van Persie was the man to make the difference scoring twice to make Graziano Pelle's first goal in six games mean nothing. Ronaldo Koeman was not in the best of moods after the game, claiming the game was there to be won and his side had simply thrown it away.