'That's a disgrace' - former Manchester United star Gary Neville leaps to the defence of Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie

Former Manchester United defender-turned-Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has become the latest figure in the game to defend Oli McBurnie after the Sheffield United striker was captured making ‘gestures’ to rival supporters during the South Wales derby between Cardiff City and his former club Swansea City.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 11:56 am
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 5:41 pm

The forward – who scored the winner for United in the 1-0 win over West Ham at Bramall Lane on Friday – was pictured in the away end reportedly taunting Bluebirds supporters during the goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

Now reports in the national media suggest the Scottish international could be hit with FA sanctions, which has led to Neville blasting the speculation as a ‘disgrace’ and said McBurnie had done nothing wrong.

Writing on Twitter, the former England right-back posted: “That’s a disgrace. This lad has done the most normal thing I’ve seen from a footballer for a long time.

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“He goes to support his team and is pictured, filmed and ends up with this.”

His comments come after former Tottenham and Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara said the 23-year-old’s actions make him ‘relatable’ to supporters.

He said: “What do you want them to be? Robots? Seriously? We always moan about footballers when they come on and do interviews and they’re robotic and it’s the same old rubbish. You then want to sanction a player and fine him for celebrating and having a laugh with his mates in the crowd. We are normal people.”

McBurnie joined United last summer from Swansea for a club record £20m.