Gary Neville called Manchester United players “chickens” and criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for not applauding club supporters, while interim manager Ralf Rangnick said his players lacked aggressiveness during a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.
Edinson Cavani’s second-half equalizer saved a point for United against relegation-threatened Newcastle, who scored first thanks to Allan Saint-Maximin.
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United, however, produced one of their worst performances of a disappointing season, prompting former club captain Neville to doom their display in his role as an expert for Sky Sports.
“It’s a bunch of Whingebags, their arms were up in the air,” Neville said. “They fired the last manager and they are going to fire a lot of managers [playing] like that.”
Neville also punched Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes after the pair left the pitch and walked into the tunnel immediately after the final whistle.
“I think there is something wrong with that,” he said. “You can’t leave the pitch at the end of the game and you have to applaud the fans.
“It’s devastating for young players if these two best players on the team look at others like you aren’t good enough.”
Rangnick, who extended his unbeaten start as interim manager to four games, was also unimpressed with his side’s performance.
“I didn’t like the performance at all,” he said. “Today we didn’t control the game except for a few moments. It’s all about energy, physics and who wins the second ball.
“In all of these areas we were not at our best. The good thing is we scored a point but the performance has to be better.”
Rangnick, who replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked earlier this month, criticized United’s lack of aggression against Eddie Howe’s side.
“You have to be ready and able to win these one-on-one matches and that wasn’t often the case,” Rangnick said. “Today it wasn’t about body language, it was about body physicality.
“If you want to be competitive here you have to be physical and that wasn’t the case in many parts of the game. Today it wasn’t about training – it was about our aggressiveness.
“In three days we have the next game. We can do better but we have to do it. We shouldn’t be looking for excuses – we have to be better and get more physical.
“I was not happy with our performance with the ball or when we had to press. What kind of energy mode do we play with the ball and without the ball?”
The result left the Old Trafford side in seventh place with 28 points in 17 games, behind West Ham, sixth on goal difference, while Newcastle remained 19th with 11 points in 19 games.