Gary Neville’s horror half hour: Sky pundit limps off with hamstring injury in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial after being blamed for opening goal… but Man United legend still finds time to blame TV sidekick Jamie Carragher
- Gary Neville endured a nightmare showing in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial
- The Manchester United legend was at fault for the opening goal of the evening
- Neville then had a row with Jamie Carragher about their defensive performances
- The Sky Sports pundit then pulled his hamstring and was forced to come off
Gary Neville endured a nightmare cameo in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial on Wednesday night, making a defensive mistake that led to the opening goal before coming off with a pulled hamstring.
The former Manchester United defender started on the right side of defence for the Premier League All-Stars side taking on a Manchester City legends team to celebrate Kompany’s superb career at the Etihad Stadium.
However, it quickly became clear Neville is now much more comfortable in a TV studio than a defence as he was at fault for the opening goal of the game in front of a huge crowd.
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Gary Neville endured a nightmare cameo in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial on Wednesday
Neville sprinted to get to the ball ahead of Craig Bellamy before tweaking his right hamstring
The Sky Sports pundit was in agony and had to be withdrawn from the game immediately
Less than a minute had been played when Neville pushed up to try and intercept a David Silva pass that was, in fact, played in the channel behind him for Martin Petrov to run on to.
The Bulgarian showed no signs of ageing as he sprinted away from Neville before burying his shot past a helpless Edwin van der Sar.
Neville’s defending drew fierce criticism from his Sky Sports partner Jamie Carragher as the Liverpool legend turned around and questioned his actions.
Things got worse for Neville around 30 minutes later when he was forced to come off with a pulled hamstring.
The 44-year-old sprinted to get to the ball ahead of Craig Bellamy before tweaking his right hamstring as he passed the ball back to Van der Sar.
Neville and Sky pundit Jamie Carragher were blaming each other for conceding the first goal
City legend Martin Petrov raced away from Neville before smashing into the back of the net
With a busy weekend of punditry for Neville on the horizon, he was quickly dragged off after sustaining the injury.
Speaking about his appearance after the substitution, Neville said: ‘I’ve never pulled my hamstring in my life but I just have. As I went back and intercepted it it just went.
‘I think I should have gone back with him (Petrov) but why your centre back (Carragher) is in front of the right back (Neville) I don’t know. We’ll sort it out after I’m sure.’
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp also dissected Neville’s performance.
He said: ‘He’s (Neville) trying to play offside because he doesn’t want to run with Petrov but it’s lovely finish. I can’t wait to see that one get dissected on Monday Night Football. The pair are falling out but after that they composed themselves.’