Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has accused former player, Gary Neville of damaging the young players on the squad with his criticism.
Neville singled out Bailly for his performance against Brighton last Sunday saying that the Ivory Coast international is part of a group of young players who can’t be trusted to win the Premier League.
Bailly has since responded to the criticism, saying that former players-turned-pundits should be showing support for the team instead of calling out the more inexperienced players.
“I think the criticism was a bit harsh, particularly from people who have played the game and have probably made mistakes themselves during their career,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“As young players, we need support from these people. If we got more support from these people, that can help us. But negative comments all of the time doesn’t help the young players or the team.
“It was not just one individual performance on Sunday. It was the whole team that struggled. But it was just one battle lost, not the whole war.
A late Paul Pogba penalty in injury time was not enough to prevent Jose Mourinho’s side from falling to a 3-2 loss at the hands of Brighton last Sunday with Republic of Ireland’s Shane Duffy getting in on the scoring action for the Seagulls.
Bailly and United will look to return to winning ways when they welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford on Monday night.