Former Liverpool and England centre-back Jamie Carragher poked fun at Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville after the latter was blanked by Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Manchester United’s clash with West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Ronaldo, who kept his place in the starting line-up after scoring his third goal of the season in Thursday night’s 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League, did not engage with Neville after emerging from the Stretford End tunnel for his pre-match warm-up. Sky Sports were broadcasting close to the tunnel and Ronaldo noticed former teammate Louis Saha when jogging out onto the pitch.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who was recently axed from the United squad after storming down the tunnel before the conclusion of their 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur just over a week ago, embraced Saha, hugging him and having a brief catch-up. The Frenchman was part of Sky Sports’ punditry team.
Fellow former United player Neville was also part of the punditry team, but Ronaldo did not acknowledge the former right-back. He did, however, shake the hand of Jamie Redknapp.
Considering Neville played alongside Ronaldo for several years, the latter’s decision not to engage with the former England defender came as a surprise. However, it could be to do with the fact that Neville recently slammed his former teammate for refusing to step off the bench against Spurs.
Whether that was the reason or not, Carragher saw the funny side to Ronaldo’s decision to blank his colleague, taking to Twitter to laugh at Neville’s expense. The former Liverpool man said: “Welcomed to the blanked by Ronaldo club @GNev2,” accompanied by two laughing emojis.
Carragher, of course, was referencing the time when he was ignored by Ronaldo ahead of United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford. The United star had noticed former teammates Roy Keane and Neville broadcasting for Sky Sports pitchside ahead of kick-off and took time out of his warm-up to have a quick catch-up with the duo.
Ronaldo, though, totally blanked Carragher, who was ridiculed by Neville at the time. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that the former Liverpool ace moved quickly to laugh at his colleague’s expense.