'They dish it out better than they take it'- Gary Lineker accuses football press of hiding behind pundits in Twitter spat
Gary Lineker was forced to face the wrath of myriad football journalists after accusing them of cowering behind the views of TV pundits when questioning Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal.
Following Liverpool’s decisive 2-0 defeat of United in the Europa League at Anfield last night, Van Gal was subjected to scathing criticism from former United players and BT Sport analysts Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes.
Of course, it’s by no means the first time the Old Trafford legends have taken aim at the Dutchman during his tenure, and when their grievances were put to him in the post game press conference, Van Gaal pulled no punches.
"Is it important what Rio Ferdinand is saying, is that important to you?" he responded when asked about what the ex-professionals had said.
"You don't give your opinion and then you give Rio Ferdinand's opinion - that is very strong of you.”
Match of the Day host Lineker, who also works with BT Sport, took to Twitter to echo Van Gaal’s indictment of the English football’s press corps, but soon found himself embroiled in an all out social media spat.
Seem to have upset a few of Fleet street's finest this morning. They can certainly dish it out better than they take it. Sensitive souls.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 11, 2016
@GaryLineker You're joking, right? Practically every football reporter in Manchester has penned a piece saying he should be sacked.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) March 11, 2016
@GaryLineker So long as ex-pros don't chime 'what do you know, you never played the game' (as some do)— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) March 11, 2016
@GaryLineker In fairness I think it would be pretty unprofessional for journalists to give their personal opinions during a press conference— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) March 11, 2016
@GaryLineker two club legends, Rio and Scholes, saying what they said. Journos rightly know their audiences want Van Gaal's reaction to that— Tom Peck (@tompeck) March 11, 2016