Man United legend defends Liverpool goalkeeper after Gary Neville criticism

Peter Schmeichel says former team-mate was out-of-order in his criticism of Simon Mignolet

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Peter Schmeichel says Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were “out of order” in their criticism of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The former Manchester United defender was particularly critical of Mignolet after the Belgium international conceded a late Phil Jagielka strike as Everton rescued a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in late September.

I have to say I don’t think the boy has done too bad since that night where he was taken apart by Carragher and Neville

Peter Schmeichel

The 26-year-old, who moved to the Reds in a £9m deal from Sunderland last summer, has been forced to contend with speculation linking Liverpool with a move for Victor Valdes in recent weeks.

And United legend Schmeichel questioned whether a former right-back is the best candidate to be critiquing Mignolet’s position for the Everton defender’s wonder strike.

“I was shocked a couple of weeks back when it was a character assassination that Gary Neville did to Simon Mignolet,” Schmeichel said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I have to say I don’t think the boy has done too bad since that night where he was taken apart by Carragher and Neville.

“It’s very difficult to go on the pitch, everyone will be watching him, and everyone will be saying ‘Oh this is what Neville’s said, and this is what Carragher’s said’.”

Schmeichel added: “I’m looking at the goals and I’m thinking, ‘What do you expect? Do you really honestly expect him to save everything?’.

“I just think what was done on Monday Night Football was out of order because it was a really, really good shot, and it was demonstrated how low he was, but by someone who’s played right-back all his life.”

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