Former Manchester United full-back, Phil Neville, has called Chris Smalling and Phil Jones “a disaster” after Newcastle loss, according to a report by the Mirror.
Manchester United were left shocked yesterday, as Premier League strugglers Newcastle came out 1-0 winners against United at St. James’ Park.
Neville had a lot to say after his former side’s defeat, coming out and praising United’s defence this season, and rightly so as they do have the best defensive record in the league, but he didn’t hold back when criticising the two English centre-halves.
Speaking on the BBC’s Match Of The Day 2, Neville had this to say about Manchester United:
They have got the best defensive record because they have the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic out in front who protects them really well, but the last two away games [against Tottenham and Newcastle], Smalling and Jones have been a disaster.
Against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, they got bullied. Against Newcastle did they make many mistakes, no, but they created a nervousness and a tension, They were making decision that were strange. They were making decisions all day where you were thinking, ‘what are you doing?’
Smalling was criticised by many after this game, as he was lucky to get away with a stone wall penalty against Dwight Gayle in the first half and then giving away the free-kick which Newcastle scored from for simulation.