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Manchester United icon Gary Neville has picked a Manchester City star as his dream Red Devils signing. The former right-back fumed over the performance of Ralf Rangnick’s side in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Monday night and was later asked which player would improve United’s chances of Premier League success.
Edinson Cavani rose from the substitutes’ bench to equalise after Allan Saint-Maximin’s first-half stunner.
It was a below-par performance from a United side who had not played in 16 days due to a COVID-19 outbreak in their squad.
Newcastle, who remain 19th with just a solitary win all season, dominated the Old Trafford outfit, who had goalkeeper David De Gea to thank for making a stunning late save.
The Spaniard denied Miguel Almiron after Jacob Murphy had cut inside and slammed an effort against the base of the post.
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Ex-England defender Neville was unhappy with the display. At half-time, he joked that some of Rangnick’s stars were ‘whinge-bags’ due to their perceived poor body language.
He was later asked which dream signing would improve United’s team and he revealed that he would steal Kevin de Bruyne from fierce rivals Man City.
The midfielder has won three Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola and would certainly add leadership to a team that Neville criticised for ‘moaning at each other’.
“They’re a bunch of whinge-bags,” he said at the break.
“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.
“It’s only 45 minutes but they’ve got to sort themselves out because that’s massively below anything expected.”
Neville later criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for storming straight down the St James’ Park tunnel after full-time.
“We talk about body language. We talked about it earlier in the season when Ronaldo ran off at the end of the Everton game. He’s run off again tonight,” the 46-year-old continued.
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“He ran off at Watford, when everyone knew the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) was going to get the sack. And at Norwich.”
He added: “You’ve got to be there when your team-mates need you in those moments.
“At the end of the day, I love that lad (Ronaldo), he’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life at times, but don’t run off like that. I’m not having that.
“I don’t care how you’ve played, you need to go over and clap the fans at the end of the game. Get over to them, particularly when you’re the best player in the world, and one of the greatest of all time.”
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