After the Newcastle draw, Gary Neville was furious with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes for what he believed to be poor body language.
“They’re the two senior players in that dressing room,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “It’s devastating for the younger players if the two best players in the team are looking at the others as if they’re not good enough.
“Cavani takes that away. He doesn’t wilt in the presence of Ronaldo or Fernandes. He stands up to them and helps the younger players.
“They need to get rid of that whinging attitude, they really do. You’ve got to go over and clap the fans at the end of the game.”
“I don’t care how you’ve played, I don’t care what the result is – get over to them fans and clap them. You have to do that.
“It’s annoyed me for about two months. It’s devastating when the best players in the team are giving that look and that body language. They have to be a father, a grandparent.
“I think there’s something wrong in there. You can’t run off the pitch, and Bruno is whinging all the time. Don’t run off at the end of the game, I’m not having that.”
Ronaldo was the one player to run straight down the tunnel immediately after the final whistle, while the rest of the team acknowledged the away fans.
The Portuguese duo has failed to have a game-changing effect on United’s performance on Monday night. The equalizer came through Edinson Cavani who started the game on the bench.