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Man Utd legend slams stars after EPL draw

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has labelled the current Red Devils crop as “whinge-bags” and slated a “shocking” first-half performance against Newcastle United.

The relegation-battling Magpies led 1-0 at the break at St. James’ Park after Allan Saint-Maximin’s seventh-minute goal punished a Raphael Varane mistake, and the hosts might have scored more against a below-par United side.

Substitute Edinson Cavani would ultimately rescue a point in a 1-1 draw, but only because David De Gea made key saves to deny Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron.

It was Manchester United’s attitude that most upset Neville, with Cristiano Ronaldo one of several players who appeared to spend more time on the pitch arguing than trying to create opportunities.

“They’re a bunch of whinge-bags,” pundit Neville said at halftime on Sky Sports.

“Watch them on that pitch. I’ll not go into names but they’re whinging at each other, arms up in the air complaining about everything. Honestly, they were absolutely shocking in that first half.

“They got the last manager the sack. Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, he’s only had two or three weeks with them, but they’ll get a lot of managers the sack if they carry on like that, because that’s a really, really poor performance.”

Neville said he could understand if there was a degree of rustiness to United’s performance but pointed to a lack of effort as unacceptable.

Asked if there had been any positives, Neville said: “Nothing. I can’t say anything other than the fact they’ve had 16 days without a game and potentially there’s some reasons there but there are still the basics of the game you can do properly – win your battles, go for tackles, show a bit of urgency and look like it matters.

“It was really worrying. After Norwich Ralf Rangnick said the body language was poor and I think there will be a lot that he hates about what he’s seen tonight and I think he’ll really dislike that performance.”

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