Manchester United legend Gary Neville in Twitter war with pundit Guillem Balague over Alexis Sanchez saga

Alexis Sanchez is the subject of a Manchester transfer battle

Alexis Sanchez is the subject of a Manchester transfer battle

Friday, January 12, 2018

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been embroiled in a Twitter war with Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague, with the pair coming to blows over the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga.

Sanchez had been widely tipped to join Manchester City from Arsenal, either this month or in the summer transfer window. But United now appear to have entered the contest and various reports are now suggesting they are prepared to gazump City's bid.

The speculation led Balague, a regular contributor to talkSPORT, to suggest that, while Sanchez wants to join City and play under manager Pep Guardiola, "United will pay Arsenal/player more.

"Suggesting City will not bid for him is a way to put him under pressure -Pep or money, Alexis?"

In response, Neville - one of United's most decorated players - suggested Balague was wrong to paint United as the "money" option, suggesting that the club's far-greater history and fanbase make them just as attractive a destination as City.

The Mancunian wrote:  "You calling United Money Guillem? That’s twice today.. City have been wonderful this season but United did win 2 trophies last year and over the long term are a slightly bigger club :;"

The row then escalated, with Balague firing back "No. I am not talking about the clubs, Gary. I am talking about his choice. He wants to play for Pep. But the offer from United will be preferred by his agents. So for him, it is Pep or money."

Neville, not to be denied the last word, responded: "Is it ? Is it not City and United maybe want him and he will consider all elements in the round before making a decision ? Why is it Pep or Money ? Don’t get it?"