Gary Neville : I disliked to stay with Beckham

Gary Neville has explained why he disliked rooming with fellow Manchester United legend David Beckham. 

United players would share hotel rooms on away trips in the early 1990s and Neville was paired with Beckham for around six months.

It is not Neville’s fondest memory from his extraordinary 19-year career at Old Trafford, however, as he says rooming with Beckham ‘did not work at all’.

He told Sky Sports: ‘I roomed with David Beckham for about six months and then the whole rooming with players completely stopped because everybody went into their own individual rooms.’

‘I think they worked out that players weren’t compatible with each other and that each went to bed at different times.’

‘I had two big problems with Becks (well, he had with me!).’ 

‘I used to go to bed at 9pm and wake up at 5am, he would stay up until 11pm and want to wake up at 8am, so essentially he was keeping me up from 9 until 11 and then I was getting him up at 5 in the morning, so it just wasn’t working at all.’

‘Secondly, he is the cleanest person. He gets into his room, he lights candles, he puts pictures up – everything has to be absolutely perfect, it’s been the same since he was 18.’ 

‘I just throw everything everywhere, so it just did not work at all.’

‘I’m always talking, always arguing and he was the complete opposite of that. ‘He would listen to music, he would want peace, he would want to be chilled and it’s just the complete opposite end of the spectrum of where I was at.’

Neville and Beckham were team-mates at Manchester United for over a decade and helped the Red Devils win six Premier League titles before Beckham left to join Real Madrid.

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Carragher : Liverpool had kidded Chelsea with Fernando Torres transfer

Jamie Carragher has revealed he was not at all shocked that Fernando Torres failed to live up to his £50million price tag at Chelsea. 

Chelsea forked out a British transfer record to sign Torres in January of 2011, but Carragher says he knew the forward was a shadow of his former self and that proved to be the case as he netted just 20 goals in 110 league outings. 

‘I couldn’t believe it, what I mean by that was I knew we had kidded Chelsea,’ Carragher revealed on Sky Sports

‘What I mean by that is I’d played with Torres, for the last 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self.’ 

‘I think for 18 months at Liverpool he was the best striker in the world. And I think he had such a good record against Chelsea that it obviously stuck in the owner’s mind.’ 

‘Not so much a manager because the manager changed so often at Chelsea. At that stage, Chelsea were still a club where the owner was buying players who he wanted.’

‘I think [Andriy] Shevchenko was a similar case as well.’ 

‘What happened for us, and was very fortunate for Liverpool, was we played Chelsea that season, we weren’t having a great season, Torres having a really poor time but he scored two against Chelsea and I think we won 2-0 or 3-0 under Roy Hodgson at Anfield. ’

‘And I think the decision was probably made then for Roman Abramovich, “As soon as January comes we’re going for Fernando Torres”. ’

‘Now £50 million was major money at that stage and we were all in a state of shock.’

‘But we could not believe we got £50 million and we ended up doing probably something similar in some ways ourselves in buying Andy Carroll for £35 million, but we did get Luis Suarez out of it. ’

‘But I was not surprised at all it didn’t go well for Fernando Torres at Chelsea.’

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Adebayor : ‘I didn’t bring coronavirus to Togo’

Former Premier League striker Emmanuel Adebayor has hit back at those who have called him out for not donating money to his home country of Togo amid the global coronavirus crisis, stating that he will not be parting with his money purely because others wish him to do so.

With players having so much time on their hands due to a lack of matches and training while social distancing protocols are in place, many footballers have spent their time helping to raise funds or awareness for charities that directly benefit those on the front line of the fight.

Samuel Eto’o has donated relief packages to his home nation of Cameroon, with items such as food, soaps, sanitisers and protective equipment handed out in the country’s economic capital of Douala.

Didier Drogba, another African icon, joined Eto’o in roundly lambasting French professors for suggesting their continent should be used as a testing ground for a vaccine due to developing nations having little protection to begin with.

The former Ivory Coast international also donated the soon-to-be-completed Laurent Pokou hospital, built by his Drogba Foundation, to his home nation’s government as a facility to screen for the disease.

Such charitable moves prompted some to ask Adebayor what he would be doing with the wealth he has accumulated across his long career, but the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker says that he is his own man and won’t be swayed by the actions or opinions of others.

“I always do things according to the wishes of my heart and not according to the words of others,” Adebayor said in a Facebook live video .

“I’m sorry that people compare me to Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba by asking me why I don’t have a foundation or why I don’t donate, as if I was the one who brought the coronavirus to Togo…

“I am neither the one nor the other, I am me, Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor. A word of advice for the guys regarding donations, I will not do that. Everything is clear and very simple. Thank you and good day.”

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El Hadji Diouf : Liverpool does not win yet

Diouf spent three troubled years at Anfield and is not a favourite among the club’s fans following several jibes at Liverpool and his old captain Steven Gerrard

Former Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf has played down the importance of the Reds winning their first Premier League title in 30 years amid the current coronavirus crisis.

Diouf was on the books at Anfield from 2002-05, but has since fallen out of favour with the Liverpool supporters due to constant criticism of the club and legends such as Steven Gerrard.

Last season, Diouf claimed Liverpool had bottled the title and blown a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of ending their Premier League drought.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have raised their game this season, opening up a 25-point gap on second-placed Man City and were heading towards a record-breaking season before the Covid-19 outbreak halted the campaign.

Asked about how impressive the Reds have been this season, Diouf told Mirror Football : “Until it’s mathematically won, nothing is won yet. In football it’s never done until it’s all done.”

“You can have hundred chances to be champion and you will miss it. Some years ago Liverpool were leading and everyone said that was their year but Steven Gerrard slipped and everything changed from there.”

“That is football for you and so for me, life is more important than Liverpool winning the title, first we all have to be safe and be alive before talks of resuming a league or handing them the title.”

“I would be happy if they won it because I played there and my boy Sadio [Mane] is leading them towards it, but of course it’s not won yet.”

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Souness: Paul Pogba, put your medals on the table!

Graeme Souness tells Paul Pogba to ‘put his medals on the table’ after Manchester United star claimed not to know who Liverpool legend was

Graeme Souness has laughed off the claim from Paul Pogba that he didn’t know who he was and asked the Manchester United midfielder to ‘put his medals on the table’.

The former Liverpool skipper, who won five league titles and three European Cups with the Reds, has repeatedly criticised the World Cup winner over a period of many years, insisting Pogba is a selfish player while also claiming he would be ‘an absolute doddle to play against’.

And when asked about Souness in a recent interview with the UTD Podcast, Pogba said he had no clue who the Sky Sports pundit was when he was first mentioned in conversation.

“I’m happy with that,” Souness said sarcastically.

Presenter David Jones then proceeded to ask Souness to ‘show him the medals’, having won three European Cups, three League Cups and five league titles in just seven seasons at Anfield.

“Exactly, the oldest thing in football comes to mind, put your medals on the table,” he demanded.

 

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