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Gary Neville Had A Different Opinion Than Most On The Manchester Derby

Gary Neville Had A Different Opinion Than Most On The Manchester Derby
By Mikey Traynor
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Many will have tuned in to Sky Sports' Super Sunday expecting to see goals galore between Manchester United and Manchester City, due to the recent form in front of goal for both sides, especially Man City who had scored 11 goals in their previous two games.

Instead, we saw a defensive battle, a final score of 0-0, and five defenders in with a shout at being named man of the match.


This was disappointing for a lot of football fans, but Gary Neville thoroughly enjoyed the game and even suggested that it was the type of tactical display that gave him confidence that the Premier League can compete on the highest level in Europe, as he explained in his article for The Telegraph.

The fan watching it probably thinks that it is boring, that the entertainment is poor, but I really enjoyed the game and the first-half was probably the best 45 minutes I have seen anywhere in the Premier League this season.

The Premier League is renowned for entertainment and madness, but this was a game for the professional and I genuinely believe there were a lot of very good things out on that pitch.

Manchester United bounced back from a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal with a 3-0 win away at Everton, so a 0-0 scoreline was something very few would have seen coming, and Neville picked out a number of defenders in particular who he felt shone in the goalless draw in Argentinian internationals Nicolas Otamendi and Marcos Rojo, before insisting that the performance was exactly what will be needed to go far in the Champions League:

For every attacking player out on that pitch, it was a nightmare, but that was largely because the defensive units of both teams did exactly what is required in the Champions League.

If I was a coach of United or City, I would be proud of how the players conducted themselves and followed instructions.

While it wasn't quite the spectacle that many were expecting, it left Gary Neville with a big smile on his face, the only shame being that we didn't have a Monday Night Football match for him to break-out the touch screen and educate us all as to why we should have loved it.

You can read Gary Neville's analysis in full over at The Telegraph.

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