GARY NEVILLE was back on familiar territory tonight as he slotted in at right-back – but there was an unfamiliar outcome in the very first minute.
Neville was named in the Premier League Legends XI to take on a Man City side in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial game at the Etihad.
The former Manchester United full-back was booed from his very first touch and it went downhill from there.
Neville found himself defending just inside his own half and chose to close down former England team-mate, neglecting to track the run of Martin Petrov.
Cole found the Bulgarian with ease, who sprinted through to open the scoring with just 60 seconds on the clock.
Neville then decided to blame team-mate Jamie Carragher for not stopping Petrov, a conversation that will surely be revisited when the pair return to their day jobs as Sky Sports pundits.
But while Neville may now make his living critiquing play on TV, that did not make him immune to some criticism on commentary.
Co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe said: “Gary, Gary, Gary what on earth are you doing? How many times do we criticise defenders for ball-watching?
“I think Gary Neville is maybe worried about a lack of pace but what on earth he’s doing stepping up I don’t know.”
And if that wasn’t bad enough, his night was ended before half-time when he was subbed off with a hamstring problem.
Fans on Twitter also enjoyed the irony of professional pundit Neville making a mistake live on TV and then fighting with Carragher about it.
One fan begged: “I hope these commentators go in on Neville and Carragher. Give them a taste of his own savage commentary.”
Another pointed out that the City forward line was always likely to be too much for the two retired defenders to handle.
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Definitely Aiman wrote: “Aguero and Silva playing against Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher .”
And a third quite fancied giving some of the current players the chance to get their own back.
A user going by simply Beth said: “Scenes when Paul Pogba appears at half time with a touch screen board and spends 40 mins dissecting everything Carragher and Neville does wrong.”
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