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Ralf Rangnick responds to Gary Neville's criticism after Man Utd draw

Mudeet Arora
Ralf Rangnick has responded to Gary Neville's comments
Ralf Rangnick has responded to Gary Neville's comments / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has responded to Gary Neville's comments following the draw against Newcastle United.

Neville was left extremely unimpressed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to ignore the travelling fans after Monday night’s woeful 1-1 draw with Newcastle, while he also criticised Bruno Fernandes’ ‘whinging’ and poor body language.

"I don’t think today it was a problem of body language, it was more a question of physicality, of meeting the demands with speed, tempo, physicality, the side effect is the body language afterwards. I don’t think that was the major problem," said Rangnick in his post match press-conference.

Earlier, Neville had stated on Sky Sports, "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, one of the greatest of all 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. He ran off at Watford, when everyone knew the manager was going to get the sack, and at Norwich.

“And there's Fernandes whinging too. They're the two senior players. It's devastating for younger players when the two best players are looking at every other player like they're not good enough.

“Cavani takes that away. I don't think Cavani wilts in the presence of Ronaldo or Fernandes, I think he stands up to them and helps other young players on the pitch. He needs to be on the pitch.”

Earlier at half-time, Neville had said, "Watch them on that pitch, arms up in the air, complaining about everything! Honestly, they're absolutely shocking out there in that first half,” he said.

"They got the last manager the sack! Ralf Rangnick is not going to get the sack, he's only had a few weeks with them, but they'll get a lot of managers the sack, that lot, if they carry on like that."