Arsenal legend Thierry Henry disappointing pundit, says ex-Man United man

Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Johnny Giles isn't impressed with Thierry Henry's punditry

Thierry Henry was a great player but has a lot of work to do to become a top pundit, according to Johnny Giles.

The Arsenal legend was critical of Javier Hernandez on Wednesday night after the on-loan Manchester United striker scored an 87th-minute winner to send Real Madrid into Champions League semi-finals.

Although Madrid forward Ronaldo played a big role in Hernandez’s strike, the Mexico international didn’t immediately turn to the Ballon d’Or winner to celebrate together, much to the chagrin of Henry.

The World Cup winner’s fellow Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness appeared bemused by the legendary striker’s argument, and former United midfielder Giles admitted that he couldn’t get to grips with Henry’s viewpoint.

“I couldn’t understand what he was talking about to be honest,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball show.

“He was a great player, but as a pundit so far, he has been very disappointing.”

Giles added: “He was talking about Ronaldo and that the Little Pea didn’t appreciate Ronaldo’s part in the goal.

“But if I saw it right, Ronaldo ran past the goal-scorer. Ronaldo is one of the worst in the world for not recognising what a team-mate does for him.

“In a match with loads to talk about, to make an issue that Hernandez didn’t respect Ronaldo. It is a load of nonsense. How many taps in has Ronaldo or other great players got?

“Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness were having a little laugh at him. They couldn’t understand his point. If that’s the only type of comment he is going to make, he has a long way to go.”

Real Madrid are set to face Serie A champions Juventus in the Champions League semi-final.

More: Giles: Mourinho will want to improve Chelsea squad

Carlo Ancelotti’s side won Europe’s premier club competition last season after a dramatic 4-1 extra-time victory over bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.

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