Gary Neville blasts reported Man United transfer target

Gary Neville has not been at all impressed by Jerome Boateng's performances for Germany at the World Cup

Gary Neville
Manchester United legend Gary Neville Photo: Screengrab

Gary Neville has admitted that he was less than impressed by Jerome Boateng’s performance for Germany against Sweden at the World Cup.

The defender played for 82 minutes of the group game in Russia, before being sent off for a second bookable offence as the Germans eventually managed to claim a 2-1 win over Sweden.

Boateng has been touted as a possible transfer target for Manchester United in recent weeks as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his options at the back ahead of next season.

The Bayern Munich defender has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, although it is not clear whether the reports have any substance behind them or not.

However, former Manchester United star Neville was clearly not impressed by the 29-year-old’s display for Germany against Sweden, as he launched an attack on him for his below-par display.

Speaking to ITV Sport at half-time of Germany’s win over Sweden, Neville said: “The centre-backs have been a joke, an absolute joke.

“Boateng thinks for some reason he is [Franz] Beckenbauer, thinks he’s the player. He’s played under Pep and started to believe he is a fantastic football player.

“He has been a joke in this first half. He’s got delusions, thinks he is a player; he’s wandering forward, ambling in the game. The performance of the centre backs [was poor], the lack of understanding.

“I have never seen Germany look so naive in games. But they got there.”

Manchester United are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to try and build a squad capable of winning the title next season.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table and without a trophy after they lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea FC back in May.

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