The former Red Devils’ star did not shy away from giving Lingard a piece of mind, in light of the latter’s latest Instagram post.
Gary Neville is a man of many opinions, and usually the right ones. So, when the former Premier League defender criticized a post made by Jesse Lingard, he stood his ground right. In fact, Neville commented that social media is brutal nowadays, calling them a “lesser evil”.
The issue began when Jesse Lingard took to Instagram, posting a rather unsettling video of his turbulent vacation, filmed in his apartment in Miami. To many, this post has been rather offensive or, to say the least, inappropriate.
‘Why would you do something that is potentially going to bring you criticism?’ Neville asked.
‘As a player, you have to ask yourself a few questions before doing anything. Is it going to help me? Make me a better player? Is it going to make people feel better about me? Earn me money? Is it going to make my coach like me more or less?’
‘If the answers come up negative then it’s probably best not doing it.’
‘The idea of a guy going on social media, looking a bit of a prat while not winning football matches and not playing that well is a really bad cocktail.’
‘But then again, on the other side, he’s giving his all, he’s a young lad and social media is the modern form of media, so get over it,’ he concluded, as per Goal.
Although a tough video to comment on, Neville explained how erring is human and vows progress.
‘We all make mistakes and I’ve made loads of them,’ he emphasized.
‘Jesse Lingard doesn’t drink a lot. Twenty years ago, somebody going on a holiday would have been bladdered for four weeks. What’s worse – a social media post where somebody’s having a bit of a joke, or getting bladdered for four weeks?’
‘You’d rather have your player being sober, probably training all day and having a joke with his mates.’
‘This is absolutely a lesser evil than we had 20 years ago when players would go off for five or six weeks and come back overweight.’
‘These players today run faster, they eat better, they drink less alcohol. They’re all running 13, 14km a match, some of them are running 1500m at high intensity and 20 years ago Gary Neville and his team-mates weren’t doing that.’
‘That’s why I retired because I was seeing it in front of my own eyes, that I couldn’t get to that level anymore,’ Neville noted.
‘When we came through there was still a drinking culture Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday, every club was doing it. We stopped, we didn’t do it. And we won four out of our first five league titles purely based on fitness because the rest of the clubs were still drinking.’
‘Think of Liverpool and the Spice Boys, they didn’t get that nickname for nothing. They were still going out and drinking. We weren’t,’ he finished.