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Man United players defended against Neville criticism

Manchester United players often get stick after disappointing results these days, especially with so many of their former players taking up high-profile positions in the media.

Gary Neville is known for being quite outspoken when it comes to matters involving his old club, and he has suggested that Man Utd’s current players should be lying low instead of attending big public events following the recent defeat against Atletico Madrid.

The Red Devils were in a good position going into the second leg of that tie, having drawn 1-1 in the first game in Spain, but they lost 1-0 at home to Diego Simeone’s side to exit the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

Neville enjoyed a lot more success during his United days, but, speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside, former MUFC midfielder Luke Chadwick insisted that the game and society as a whole has changed a lot since then.

“In my opinion they’re entitled to do that,” Chadwick said of United’s players. “They’re playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, but they’re still human beings that deserve to life a life that they enjoy.

Man Utd had a disappointing night against Atletico Madrid

“It’s a different world we live in now in terms of superstars at a club like Manchester United not being able to do anything without it appearing on social media. You understand Gary Neville’s frustration, he’s a legend at the club and was part of a very successful squad, but there will have been times in his day when players went out, but you didn’t hear about it as much.

“There wasn’t the same scrutiny – now it’s not just newspapers reporting on it, but anyone with a smart phone that can get footage of players while they’re out. But whether you’re a footballer or anything else, you deserve to live your life the way you want to.

“I don’t think Gary Neville really experienced anything at the club like what’s happening now. He was part of such a hugely successful team that won trophies year in, year out. It’s hard to say what it was like then, because they’d win one of the big trophies almost every season. It was a different era in that sense, and also because you didn’t have people…

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