Wayne Rooney appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher, temporarily replacing regular pundit and former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been accused of jealousy after Wayne Rooney temporarily took his place on Monday Night Football alongside Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher.
Derby County boss Rooney made an appearance on the popular Sky Sports show this week to cover the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal, which the Eagles won 3-0. He spoke at length about former club United, offering his views on their managerial pursuit while giving his verdict on the title race between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Minutes before Monday Night Football went live, Carragher posted a photo alongside Rooney and presenter David Jones and soon received a mocking remark from Neville. His regular punditry partner seemed to dig in his strong Scouse and Rooney accents, writing, “Caps on and all the best Dave. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee, errmmmmmmmm.”
Carragher quickly fired back on Twitter, saying, “No, just a former #MUFC player speaking honestly about his former club, you should give it a try! #Rooney.” Neville was keen to get the last laugh and responded with a kissing emoji and, “Oooooooohhh! Scouse friends.” Given that Rooney has received a lot of praise for his ideas on Monday Night Football, many fans have suggested that Neville’s joke about having difficulty understanding the former England captain was misguided.
One wrote, “No need to be jealous Gary.” Another added: “Jealous or what.” Carragher’s joke about Neville not having ‘spoken honestly about his former club’ appears to have been a reference to his reluctance to criticize ex-teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian was sacked as manager in November after a torrid run, but Neville repeatedly refused to call for a change of dugout. A third supporter also appeared to reference this, responding to Neville with: “Rooney was a breath of fresh air tonight saying things you would never dare to do because he could be your friend.”
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Carragher certainly felt Rooney was a great addition to Monday Night Football and wrote, “#MNF was brilliant tonight and that was thanks to the insight and honesty of @WayneRooney.” Although there were many exciting talks in the studio, an upset was on the cards at Selhurst Park as Palace produced a stunning performance to beat Arsenal 3-0.
Jean-Philippe Mateta opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Jordan Ayew doubled the lead before halftime. Wilfried Zaha ended the game from the penalty spot with just over 15 minutes remaining to send the Eagles into the top half of the table. The Gunners, meanwhile, squandered the chance to reclaim fourth place from Tottenham but have a game in hand against their local rivals, with whom they are level on points.