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'Manchester United bias here': Arsenal fans hit back as Gary Neville makes ridiculous Bukayo Saka claim

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has made some surprising comments about Arsenal star Bukayo Saka ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday.

The Three Lions were made to work hard by Denmark last night, but an own goal by Simon Kjaer and one from Harry Kane in extra time helped Gareth Southgate’s men make their way to the final.

Raheem Sterling and Kane have made the headlines for their efforts and they deserve every praise for helping England get over the line last night. However, Saka was arguably just as impressive, and many feel he is guaranteed to start again on Sunday.

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Neville, for some weird reason, wants the Arsenal man dropped against Italy. He believes that a game of that magnitude would be too much for Saka, and he claims that Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho are better options on Sunday.

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Gary Neville: Bukayo Saka should be dropped against Italy

He said on Sky Sports, as quoted by Goal: “I agreed with bringing him [Saka] back [against Denmark] because I felt he had been the most lively of the wide players, along with Raheem Sterling. I am not sure he will start Sunday. I think that might just be too much for him.

“What he did last night, the amount he has given in this tournament, I just feel we will see somebody else. I look at (Giorgio) Chiellini and (Leonardo) Bonucci, and I think, who wouldn’t they like to have in those wide areas, making those inside runs?

“I actually think it could be a game for Rashford or Sancho to accompany Sterling in those wide positions. I think those wide positions need to be quick players, who make out to in runs. So, I don’t think we will see Saka on Sunday. I think it might be one game too much for him.

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“I was there in Euro 1996 as a 21-year-old and I was absolutely exhausted as I went through the tournament. I just feel that, on Sunday, he may be a handy sub to have and he [Southgate] may bring in other players, who haven’t played on Wednesday night.”

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Football punditry is a hard job and Neville is among the best English pundits out there. However, his assessment of Saka really is ludicrous, and predictably, Arsenal fans are annoyed with his Manchester United bias.

Here’s how a few Gooners reacted on Twitter…

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