Gary Neville hits out at Bailly after howler in Manchester United's win

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The Cote d’Ivoire international put the ball in his own net but Jose Mourinho’s men held on to a vital win over the Kops

Gary Neville has described Eric Bailly’s own goal in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool as 'messy'.

A first-half brace from Marcus Rashford was enough for the Old Trafford outfit to see off Jurgen Klopp’s men in Saturday’s English Premier League tie.

However, an own goal from Bailly in the second half reduced the deficit for the Reds who suffered their first defeat in six league games.

The 23-year-old defender who returned to the starting XI for the first time since November 5 against Chelsea, saw the howler shadow his fine defensive performances.

He turned a Sadio Mane cross into his own net in the 66th minute and the Red Devils legend has slammed the centre-back for his ‘messy’ approach to the cross that needed only ‘a simple clearance’.

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“I’m going to use the word ‘messy’,” Neville was quoted as saying by Daily Express.

“Of all the brilliant defending that Manchester United have done today, it’s a simple cross and a simple clearance.

“He gets his feet in a tangle at the near post. He makes a right mess of it.

 “When you don’t get set at the near post as a centre-back, it can create a problem.

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“De Gea parries it into his own net and it’s game on and Liverpool have got the momentum.

“He’s cleared so many balls like that today. A real mess from Bailly.”

The former Villarreal defender has made 10 league appearances this campaign for Manchester United who are now second in the English topflight log with 65 points from 30 matches.

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