Gary Neville and Roy Keane were critical of Jesse Lingard for launching his clothing range – JLINGZ – in the week leading up to Manchester United’s away trip to Liverpool.
On their minds, as club legends, the thought process should be on the big game without any distractions.
Keane was of the view this kind of behaviour wouldn’t be allowed if United had a ‘strong dressing room’, like back when he was part of the Old Trafford furniture.
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The Irishman also believes that being a footballer is enough to keep anyone occupied and adding to that can only make things more difficult.
This sort of response was to be expected from Keane, though. A hard-man by nature, he took a no nonsense approach on and off the pitch. A fully committed pro these young players of today should look up to, however, the game is changing and the influence of social media holds no bounds.
But in fairness to Lingard, who enjoys a bit of fun on social media, he doesn’t let it get in the way of his football. He plays with desire and has become an important free-spirited figure at United.
However, we don’t think Neville or Keane will be buying from Jlingz anytime soon…
Watch Neville and Keane discuss Lingard’s decision to launch a clothing brand just days before United visit Anfield.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 16, 2018