Thursday 18 January 2018

'They dish it out better than they take it'- Gary Lineker accuses football press of hiding behind pundits in Twitter spat

Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker

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.

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