Gary Neville bemoaned Nottingham Forest star Serge Aurier during a 3-0 defeat for the Reds against Manchester United last night. The Ivorian signed for the Reds during the summer and Neville believes he’s not learned from his Tottenham mistakes.
Forest were put to the sword after a clinical display of finishing by the Red Devils. Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes all scored as United took a giant leap towards Wembley.
For Forest, their season is all about survival. Winning a major trophy was never in their sights for 2022/23 and they must now go to Old Trafford and simply play for some pride next week.
Aurier has been a revelation since signing for Forest in the summer. He arrived on a free transfer from Villarreal and he’s already established as Steve Cooper’s first-choice right-back.
Neville was on co-commentary last night. In the 87th minute, he made an observation about the Ivorian that suggested that he felt he didn’t perform last night.
He said live on Sky Sports: “It really is interesting watching Aurier because he still does the same things that he’s been doing for the last few seasons – dribbling in poor areas.”
Neville bemoaned Aurier after Forest lose to Manchester United
The former Manchester United pundit gets a lot of flak for his commentary on the Red Devils. But, it’s fair to say that he is one of the best pundits around in the modern era.
His comments on Aurier are perhaps harsh, however. Anyone who has been watching the defender all season would know that the player is cutting out the silly mistakes that he made at Tottenham.
Last night was merely an off night. The Reds weren’t at their best and were defeated by a team that cost a lot more than the Forest team and boasts far more quality.
Aurier has been a quality signing for the Reds. Despite Neville’s comments, his experience could be crucial this season and if he stays fit, the Reds could stay up pretty comfortably.