Phil Neville should maybe stick to talking about his expert subject, women’s football.

The former Man Utd player showing himself up when appearing on Match of The Day 2 on Sunday night.

After having watched Wolves draw away against what looks a very average Manchester United team, Phil Neville came out with a well over the top claim.

This is what Neville and MOTD 2 presenter Mark Chapman said in their exchange:

Phil Neville:

“Defensively they (Wolves) are really solid, you saw the (Man) United game yesterday, they (Man Utd) struggled to break them down.

“They (Wolves) are the best side to ever come up from the Championship.

“I think they are brilliantly coached, I think he has got the balance right, Nuno, between defending in numbers and strength, then attacking with quality in midfield.”

Mark Chapman:

“So in the Premier League era, you would have them better than say Kevin Keegan and Newcastle United who came up with Andy Cole up front?”

Phil Neville:

“Yes, I think they (Wolves) are the best side that has ever come up from the Championship.

“They have spent money, they have got quality players. You saw on Saturday the strength in quality they have got on the bench, the quality up front, the two midfielders.

“They will not be scared to go to any Premier League ground.”

Fair play to Wolves because they have ambitious owners who are having a go and look to have a decent side BUT to suggest they are better than Keegan’s 1993/94 side on such little evidence is hilarious.

So far Wolves have played six games and only beaten Burnley and West Ham – both 1-0, two clubs who are really struggling. They have lost to Leicester and as well as the draw on Saturday, have drawn at home to Everton who played for 50 minutes with 10 men,  and got a creditable but fortunate home draw against Man City despite having only two shots on target and the away side dominating.

I think Wolves will do ok but that NUFC team was top quality.

Peter Beardsley missed the start of the season through injury and Keegan’s side won only two of the first eight matches, when you looked how the season turned out, who knows what could have happened with Beardsley from the start?

Keegan’s team finished third in the Premier League after promotion and as you can see below, they actually scored more goals than anybody else, including Phil Neville’s beloved Man Utd. As for conceding, Newcastle only let in three more than the champions.

The final 1993/94 Premier League table:

phil nevilleCole and Beardsley were brilliant together and I would argue they were the greatest front two in the Premier League era, that season they scored 65 goals between them (55 of those in the Premier League).

I would be amazed if Wolves’ strikers are within a million miles of those two.

As well as many other good players, that season Kevin Keegan had six (past, present or future) England internationals, with Venison, Bracewell, Lee and Howey, as well as the front two.

Also, if Phil Neville wants to go down the nonsensical route of claiming it is all different now (reality is you can only compare to teams/clubs of the same era), then surely it then makes Man Utd’s title win that 1993/94 season as all but worthless, if football is supposedly so much better now.

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  • Kenny

    Moron

  • Coble’s Return

    Goals For – 82!!! Get in!!!

  • Mrkgw

    Laughable. But, thats his opinion to which he is entitled albeit completely irrelevant as far as we are concerned. ASHLEY OUT!

  • Oldgoldilox

    Mmm, so Phil Neville, (500 Premier League appearances, 59 England caps) does not have an opinion worth listening to by virtue of the fact that has chosen to pursue a career in women’s football? I can see now why Shelvey is so popular on Tyneside.

    Must admit, as a Wolves fan, it makes a pleasant change for the media to be getting a stiffy over the way we are playing and the results we are achieving. In fact this piece from Mr or Mrs ‘The Mag’ is just about the only dissenting voice after we ‘only’ drew with Ctiy & Man U away.

    Appreciate that its a little galling that the former media darlings from the banks of the Tyne are always featured last on MOTD these days, unless of course they are on the receiving end of a particularly heavy battering.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      you know what I wake up & appreciate every morning? Knowing I’ll never ever ever have to live in the midlands.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        And that accent man 😷😷😷

      • Oldgoldilox

        Ah Des man, its lovely down here, you’d love it.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          I’ve never ever wanted to see what set of mad max was based off before sorry.

        • Ron

          I lived there for 5 years and couldn’t wait to come home! You need to try to live up here apart from the Owner of our team it’s great!

      • Ron

        Des Don’t be so hard there are worse places – Lebanan, Beirut, Wearside, Middlesborough, Syria, Birmingham (oops that’s the midlands), Yeman I could go on.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          You’re right, thing is the one silver lining is those places won’t have that accent 😷

          • Ron

            Permanent cold will do it. Can’t talk through my nose I’ve tried – they’re a talented breed, talking and breathing with their intellect whatever next?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Could be the nicest bird in
            The world but if a heard that accent my c### would automatically crawl back inside me body!

    • Kenny

      F##k off

    • Grahame Johnson

      Even the makems went down to division one with grace,what did wolves do again wrecked a bit of their own ground,attacked stewards. That funny very funny corner shop chant still does its rounds so 80s

    • Tweed Mag

      Remarkable turn of events to see a Wolves fan turn up from nowhere. Good luck for the rest of the season. The PL is definitely different from when NUFC came up and took everything by storm, we shall wait to see how Wolves get on. If they are as well prepared as suggested, they should also be in the top four come May. The pressure is now on them to perform.

    • Billmag

      No need to get with the sarcasm you’ve only been in the Premier half a dozen games come back at the end of the season and we’ll discuss how you’ve done, don’t end up like Man City fans who forgot where they have come from.

    • Oldgoldilox

      Actually lads, having worked in the North East, I know a fair few Mags and despite the smarmy nature of my remarks above, I do feel (a bit) for you lot under Ashley. We had it for years with that kopite idiot Steve Morgan and his lackie Jez Moexy. Thankfully we’re well rid of them both now and I’m sure in time you’ll be able to look back upon these dark days and wonder how you ever got dragged in to that mess.

      Sorry but, I’m not having any criticism of the corner shop song though, its a classic!!

    • Cockneytrev

      You may be right about a lot of things, but we have certainly never been the darlings of the media,,,

  • robbersdog

    Phil Neville – boring moron. Meanwhile, John Motson has just tipped us for relegation on Talk Sport. Right now, it’s hard to argue with him.

    • Peaky

      It is hard not to argue with Motson but he’s still a senile oldarsehole living off THAT Hereford goal…can’t stand him,never have done…

      • Leazes.

        He’s retired hasn’t he and his wife is from Fenham or some such place. Born in Salford so naturally he’ll be a fan of ehm some non league side so he can’t be accused of bias.

        • Peaky

          Retired from TV definitely but must be talking bollox with boring useless facts/stats on the radio now.

          • Leazes.

            as a guest.

          • Mike D

            Just to top up his pension.

      • Billmag

        He was all for the so called big teams Peaky.

    • HarryHype59

      I fear Motty may well be correct! Fatman has rolled the dice and his gamble looks to have failed. Rondon and Muto had to be better than Perez and the Hoss, in order for NUFC to survive in the top flight this season. Alas, neither looks more effective than the existing strikers.

      That, In addition to Kenedy’s poor form means this club looks certain to be in the bottom three in January.

  • Polarboy

    Neville was clearly trying to do a bit of damage control for his old club. All pundits are biased for their old teams, but the mask well and truly slipped for Neville in this instance.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Being the ugliest Neville brother, that takes some doing. Phil manages it effortlessly

    • Kenny

      Another Manc nonce ponce

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Talking of nonces, Neville Neville was the patron saint of them 😂

        • Kenny

          👍🏻

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Once he fails with England he can star in the remakes of the elephant man & mask with Cher

  • Duffy

    Sorry but your comparison takes no account of the way that the game has evolved. Those were the days before the extreme domination of the league by a handful of mega rich clubs. Your competitors in that season included the mighty Leeds and Blackburn. Better examples of that era would be Ipswich who finished third or Nottm Forest who actually won the league. The star players other than Beardsley were bit part players in poor England side.Wolves boast players who actually won the Euro Championship. As for Keegan the best we can say is that he ultimately honestly acknowledged his limitations. That season was a brave and entertaining one for Newcastle and best remembered in the context of its time. This wolves side are carving a reputation in the modern league but still have much to prove. Time will tell if they are the real deal in the long term.

    • Billmag

      But the bottom line mate is how can P. Neville make such a ridiculous claim after 6 games, best of luck to Wolves they have got good backing something we can only dream of.

  • Leazes.

    After their meeting in London on Saturday I wonder what the four potatoes of the apocalypse have devised as their latest attempt to bend Douglas and Starforth…..

    ….. the Fans Forum(sic) meeting being held tonight is the ideal opportunity to both put out their propaganda and diffusion promises!

    They surely aren’t going to let this chance for the hollow ‘jam tomorrow’ doughnut of comfort to slip away down the back of the floppy cushion on the sofa of deceit….surely.

    What will it be now….

    A. The club is definitely for sale.
    B. Promise of spending.
    C. Neither A nor B. but giving the floor to Gareth Beard the disability rep and running out of time and biscuits.
    D. Something else out of the blue.

    • Ron

      Will those 4 be eligible now they’re seasoned supporters?

      • Leazes.

        Barnes and Bishop aren’t employed by the club so no they cant speak for it.

        • Ron

          Attend as supporters?

          • Leazes.

            No…each part of the ground has been allocated a rep.

          • Ron

            They’ll turn up anyway in wigs and false moustaches.

  • Ron

    Wonder if Uncle Phil can point out which of the Wolves players who were promoted were better than this lot:

    Pavel Srníček
    John Beresford
    Steve Howey
    Brian Kilcline
    Kevin Scott
    Barry Venison
    Lee Clark
    Robert Lee
    Liam O’Brien
    Gavin Peacock
    Andy Cole
    David Kelly, and does he seriously think they can better third?

    • JackBz

      This looks like a top half of the Championship team at best nowadays to be fair.
      Times have changed I guess.
      I suppose the alternative is that British and Irish players and managers are no longer quite as amazing as they used to be in the good old days.

      • Phil Yare

        because its not foreign??!!

        what has changed? the ball is still round and the goal/pitch is the same size.

        i think you are doing them players a disservice for what they achieved for this club.

        just think how many useless foreign players and managers there has been……hundreds!

    • MauledByTheWolfPack

      Rúben Neves, Big Willy Boly, Hélder Costa, Diogo Jota and that’s just last years players, we’ve now got a Top 4 Goalkeeper, and arguably the best midfield paring in the premier league, which has been agreed by man manager and pundit recently due to there ability to run and dictate games, which draw or not … we outplayed both city and united in midfield hence why we didn’t loose, and them two teams was 1st and 2nd place
      in the league last year regardless of anything… sour Newcastle fans because Rafa has run out of ideas.

      • MauledByTheWolfPack

        Oh I forgot the mention,also the fastest football player in the world, whos dribbling is 3rd best to only Ronaldo and Messi… check the stats.

      • Ba ba.

        Wolves third tier team come good ….. Lmfao

      • Ba ba.

        Molineux empty. But wait now there in the epl there back full houses 😂 we’re were you when you we’re sh…… 👍

  • HarryHype59

    I am pleased for the Wolves fans that they are run by a decent regime, as opposed to the shower of sh*te that are in charge of us.

    Neville is talking nonsense as per usual. Wolves may finish in the top ten! No way will they come anywhere close to finishing third in their first season back.

    MOTD is ruined these days by employing these dull witted talking heads, like Neville.

  • paco

    “Phil Neville laughable”…will do, the man’s an idiot, always press the mute button when he’s on

  • JohnnyH

    Both Neville’s were carried by better players throughout their careers.
    Their punditry is utter Shyte.

    • Cockneytrev

      I never thought much of Phil, but as much as I’m loath to say it, Gary Neville was a very good right back,

    • Ba ba.

      Correct

  • Martin Rooney

    blokes deluded

  • Living in Past

    Comparing a team that played over 20+ years ago to one that is playing now is like comparing sensible soccer with Fifa 19 – you can’t… Stop living in the past

    • Mike D

      Italia 90 on the megadrive. Classic!

  • Phil Yare

    probably the worst player to win so many caps and titles, he’s following the trend by getting plenty of air time for talking utter B0LL0CKS

  • Andy

    I can only apologise for my fellow Wolves fan’s crassness. We all have kids who have only grown up in the internet era who try to come across as being smart behind their keyboard. I bet he thinks Super Mac is something on a fast food restaurant menu.

    The comparison is daft. But the comparison that a pundit with any common sense would make – which clearly excludes Phil Neville – is that what both Newcastle under Keegan and us under Nuno have is team spirit, players that want to play for the manager and a fan base that appreciates what the club is trying to achieve. The sense of enjoyment and hope is very much like the feeling I know you had under Keegan. The fact that we have only had this for just over a season – albeit a successful time – should hopefully give you some comfort that if you ever get shot of your owner, those times can return to Newcastle.

    Best of luck for the season boys. The Prem would be a far worse place without the Mags in it

    • Oldgoldilox

      If you’re referring to me there Andy, I’m 51 and can just about remember the Super Mac days. Chappers called Neville out on a valid point but the most crass thing here is that The Mag’s seems to be dismissing PN’s view because he works in the Women’s game.

      • Ba ba.

        Facoff

    • JohnnyH

      Nice one
      Good luck to you too

  • Bedford Wolf

    No surprise that a Newcastle fan site takes this rather childish view on Phil Neville’s comments but even so the writer is purile beyond belief. For what it’s worth lads – Phil Neville is 100% correct and if you want to moan you’d better also listen to what Danny Murphy said, and what Jermaine Jenas said and what Jamie Redknapp said as they all agreed with Phil Neville.

    • Geordiegiants

      Go and support a team that means something, like Luton.

    • Ba ba.

      Zzzzzzzzzz great great effort .. Ten out of ten. .. .👍

    • Ba ba.

      Belend

    • Big Al 1967

      To be the best ever team to come up from the Championship all depends on where you finish at the end of the season. If you finish 3rd or better then I will tip my hat to you and declare you to be the best.
      And the least said about the 4 pundits you mentioned the better

    • Albert Stubbins

      its a knee jerk reaction from a jerk of a pundit- If he took the time to really give it some serious thought and look at archive footage of how good Newcastle were back then he’d quite rightly feel foolish. Wolves are a good team no doubt but you won’t finish third!!

  • Ba ba.

    I heard this last night! spat me tea oot. .. Third top finish and entertainment galore. Neville another idiot pundit for the list.

  • Ba ba.

    Next wolves will have the best fans in the world… Even though molineux mostly half full if lucky over the last twenty five years

    • Jack Painter

      You find me a season where wolve s average home attendance has been 50% capacity. You can’t just make up facts

      • Ba ba.

        Wolves v Palace 1986,1987.. 6,647.
        Fa cup… 7,004 1985,1986

        Division 2 …9,992…average..1986,1987

        • Realist

          Good old fashioned ground molineux decent pubs around ground. Been 3 times twice prem once fizzy pop league decent atmospheres. First time in the prem I remember a wolves fan nearly getting there face blown off by a firework display gone wrong as the teams came out and Nathan Blake scored it was that long ago. Someone called shearer equalised.

        • Joseph

          Your math is questionable if you think the 80s were 25 years ago.

          • Ba ba.

            And sleep

      • Ba ba.

        Have you read those facts I gave you?

  • Foggy

    He’s a t!t. Let’s face it.

  • Living in Past

    The future’s bright, the future’s gold, the black and white is looking old!

  • MadMag83

    Neville is no doubt making that claim without watching much of either team. Wolves have played 6 matches, that Newcastle team was 24 years ago when Neville was still in short trousers.

    Personally I think that Newcastle team was better but football was different back then, Wolves may have spent big on the face of it but there’s so much money in the Premier League (except at SJP) that to make that sort of impact is commendable. The danger for Wolves of course is that with success comes the bigger clubs stealing your best players.

  • Joseph

    Wolves have two of the best Portuguese internationals ever. And Portugal is higher ranked than England. Just that fact should make the claim less fantasy. And what about future England and Portugal players such as Neves, Vinagre, Jota, Coady, Bennett, Gibbs-White and current Mexican international Jimenez?
    So Wolves have about 10 current or future internationals.