LISTEN - Ray Wilkins and Sun journalist Neil Custis in furious Talksport row live on air over Marcus Rashford's goal
The fallout from Manchester United’s 1-0 Europa League semi-final first leg victory over Celta Vigo has proven far more than just a positive result for Jose Mourinho’s side after a debate over Marcus Rashford’s match-winning free-kick on radio station Talksport descended into a blazing row between former United player Ray Wilkins and The Sun’s football writer Neil Custis.
Rashford appeared to outsmart Vigo goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez on Thursday night as he curled a free-kick over the wall and to the right of the Spaniard, who had already taken a step left to try and cover the area behind his defenders instead of marshal his own side.
The goal gave United victory away from home ahead of next week’s second leg, although the away goal will count for little given that Vigo have the chance to match it when they visit Old Trafford on Thursday.
Yet Wilkins, who also turned out for Chelsea and Queens Parks Rangers among many other clubs during his 24-year professional career, was not impressed with Alvarez and claimed to Custis that a “real goalkeeper would have saved it with his teeth”.
Custis took exception to his opinion, with The Sun reporter clearly impressed with Rashford’s effort, and responded by claiming he did not want to have “a stupid conversation”. That’s exactly what listeners were treated to, and it proved to be hilarious.
Here’s the full transcript and sound clip:
Ray Wilkins: “He should have saved that with his teeth, he should not have moved from that angle. When Rashford beats him…”
Neil Custis: “Are you actually being serious here or is it a joke?”
RW: “No I’m very serious. If he beats him on the near post, then he beats him.
NC: “Don’t be ridiculous, I’ve not come on to have a stupid conversation about free-kicks.”
RW: “Oh don’t even go there. Very nicely executed. No Neil I’m sorry, don’t talk to me about ridiculous.”
NC: “You are being ridiculous.”
RW: “Don’t talk to me about being ridiculous when it comes to footballing knowledge because you don’t have any, you write for a newspaper and you give your opinion. I perfectly understand that.”
NC: “Why did you just say there, that I have no footballing knowledge? Who the hell are you to come on here, you’ve rung me up right...”
RW: “Exactly and I do apologise for that, I didn’t actually ring you up Neil.”
NC: “Hang on, hang on. Stop, stop, stop. You’ve come on here to ask me to come on this show, and you start insulting me like that? Who the hell do you think you are? You just said I have no footballing knowledge, who the hell do you think you are to speak to me like that?”
RW: “No hang on one second Neil...If I’ve been disrespectful to you, I apologise immediately, but a real goalkeeper would have taken that in his teeth because he would not have moved to the side of the goal when he shouldn’t have moved.”
NC: “Oh stop it. Who are you anyway, I don’t know, I know it’s Alan Brazil, who are you?”
RW: “Who am I? I’m nobody my friend, nobody whatsoever and I’ve always claimed that through life.”
NC: “You’ve just said that to me, you’ve basically just said that to me.”
RW: “Oh I do apologise.”
NC: “Well so you should.”
RW: “Now what I’m saying is the free-kick was initiated very well indeed...”
NC: “No you keep saying it, you’re boring me to death and every listener. I keep hearing what you’re saying on this and it’s nonsense.
RW: “It’s nonsense is it?”
RW: “Well I’m sorry my friend, everybody in football...”
NC: “I’m not your friend.”
RW: “…If you ask anybody within football that’s played within football…”
NC: “[Unclear sound] unlike me who you’ve rung up to ask me about this whole event.”
RW: “...they will say the goalkeeper should’ve saved the shot.”
NC: “Hang on, I’ve got no footballing knowledge so why have you rung me up to ask me about this whole thing? Jesus Christ”
Listen to the whole clip below...