Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has attempted to dampen the row between former teammate Paul Scholes and current Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.
Scholes’ criticism of Man United – and Paul Pogba in particular – after the side’s goalless draw at home to Southampton last week drew Mourinho’s ire,the fallout from which has divided the club’s fan base.
Writing for Sky Sports on Thursday, Neville remarks that a lot of people in football nowadays are overly sensitive, and that while players and managers will sometimes get praised and criticised in equal measure, they should learn not to let either affect them too much:
“One thing we have seen a lot more of is managers and players responding to things out of their control and I actually find it quite funny. Everybody is a bit sensitive and touchy these days.
“When somebody pays £90m for you then you’re going to be criticised. When you play for Manchester United you also get a lot of praise, fame and fortune, so for my part it is just part of the career of a footballer.
“I remember Tony Adams saying to me early in my career that over your career of 18-20 years you are going to get praise and criticism in the media, but not to listen to either. You’re going to have highs and lows and I have no idea why managers pay any attention to what is said on TV.”
Mourinho felt the need to dismiss media reports on Thursday sugesting that he might walk away from the job at the end of the end of the season, as it becomes clearer that the Premier League title will almost certainly be won by rivals Man City and Pep Guardiola.