Gary Neville criticises Manchester United players and owners response to Champions League exit

Gary Neville has criticised Manchester United’s players for the way they have reacted to the Champions League defeat against Atletico Madrid.

Ralf Rangnick’s side crashed out of Europe on Tuesday which meant the club’s trophy-drought would extend to five years.

Raphael Varane and David de Gea were the only Manchester United players to take to social media to apologise for the loss to Diego Simeone’s side.

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The Red Devils were due to face Liverpool at Anfield yesterday but as a result of Jurgen Klopp’s side still being in the FA Cup, the game was re-scheduled.

With United not playing again until 2 April, for those players who haven’t been called-up for international fixtures this month, they have been granted some time off by the German.

Former United right-back Neville accepts that the players have the right to go on holiday, but he has criticised the volume of social media content being shared by the current United crop, off the back of a chastening defeat in the biggest game of the season.

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The Sky Sports pundit aired his frustration with the mentality of Manchester United as a club on Twitter, which was epitomised by the club’s co-owner Avram Glazer jetting off to Dubai to discuss cricket.

The 47-year-old highlighted the massive change in how the current Manchester United side differs from his time under Sir Alex Ferguson when social media was not prevalent.

It’s not the first time that Gary Neville has called out the Manchester United players in how they and their respected PRs use social media.

He’s constantly asked for the players to come out and front up to the media and fans via interviews instead of robotic posts on social media.

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