“I found it disgusting” – Gary Neville claims he knows who is leaking information in the Manchester United squad

Gary Neville has never been one to stay quiet when issues have arisen at Manchester United – something which seems to happen weekly since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

The latest round of media claims are that some of the players refer to Ralf Rangnick‘s No.2, Chris Armas, as “Ted Lasso” – the fictional hapless coach in a TV series streamed on Apple+ TV.

Speaking on his Gary Neville podcast on Sunday, the former United club captain said on these claims: “I thought that was downright disrespectful on Friday – I did not find it funny at all.

That they were describing Ralf Rangnick’s number two as Ted Lasso was not funny at all and not only was it disrespectful, but I found it disgusting. It sums up what I think of them: that they are disrespectful.

I think if I was Ralf Rangnick and his number two, I would gain strength from that because I would not want to be on the same page of some of those players who are leaking those types of stories.

That never happened in my time but we had the greatest level of stability.

Continuing to speak on the subject, Neville dropped an anecdote detailing when he first learnt about the idea of players briefing stories that go aginst their manager or coaching staff to the press: “I remember when I joined Sky and we had the Champions League in the early years, and I went over to Napoli to do a game involving Chelsea.

“It was when Andre Villas-Boas was their manager and he left out Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Ashley Cole – four or five prominent players.

That is what managers tend to do in their final days at a club, as they see it as a free hit.

I remember sitting there at lunchtime with our team and they were getting messages of team news being leaked and the manager being slagged off, and I sat there thinking ‘does this actually happen’?

Players agents and PR teams were briefing the media on a matchday about what was going on inside a club, and it was the first time I had seen it and known for it to happen – it really unnerved me.

Nevilla claims he is aware of which players are the ones leaking information to the press.

That is happening at Manchester United now – they are at it, the PR teams, the agents and the marketing teams, as a self-preservation for their own player.

But what they do not realise is that unfortunately, when they go to the media then those media people go to us – so we know who is briefing.

The reality is that we do not like it, but we know who it is.

We are not going to throw people under a bus here because we have that journalistic respect – but they are it in the same way that Chelsea were all those years ago.

They need to stop it and work as hard as they can.

Gary Neville, upo speaking about this optic, represents a large portion of Manchester Untied fans’ feelings right now. “They need to stop it and work as hard as they can,” coming from an ex-captain of one of the club’s most successfulll sides ever, is a damning statement worth listening to.

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