‘I thought it was cronyism’ December 14, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer

Roy Keane and Gary Neville were guilty of ‘cronyism’ when discussing Manchester United’s performance in the Old Trafford stalemate against their arch nemesis Man City at the weekend.

That’s according to former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan, who believes the pair didn’t really want to criticise United after Sunday’s draw owing to their long-standing association with the club’s under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Neville and Keane let Solskjaer off the hook after Manchester United’s goalless draw with their city rivals

Following Sunday’s drab encounter, Solskjaer declared it was United’s ‘best performance’ against City during his time in charge of the club.

Those comments perplexed Jordan, who told talkSPORT that the Red Devils legends gave their former teammate a free pass – unlike fellow pundit Micah Richards.

“The discussion after the game was about the performance of the side, but more so the performance of the manager,” Jordan told the White & Jordan show.

“Micah Richards was quite brave, I thought he came out with a salient question really, as we look now is Ole

Gunnar Solskjaer the man to take Manchester United forward?

“I thought it was cronyism [in terms of the other two]. Gary Neville was very robust, brilliantly robust, about calling out Mino Raiola for the divisive slop he is in terms of the situation regarding [Paul] Pogba.

Solskjaer said that United produced their ‘best performance’ against City during his time in charge

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Solskjaer said that United produced their ‘best performance’ against City during his time in charge
“When it came to the real burning question of Manchester United, what’s going on with the club and how far Solskjaer is going to take them – both [Roy] Keane and Gary Neville disappeared back into the cronyism; used to play with him, used to have a relationship with him and didn’t really want to answer the question.

“I text you [Jim White] going ‘are you watching this bland nonsense?’ It disappointed me as I felt as though it was a very interesting conversation to be had.

“And if we’re going into the territory of robust punditry then you should have robust punditry.

“That [game] as an advertisement for the Premier League was as dull as dishwater.”

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