It is fair to say Manchester United’s draw with Arsenal on Saturday will not go down as a classic.
While United had the better of the chances, they were unable to make the most of them in a largely uneventful goalless draw at the Emirates that helps neither club in their Premier League aims this season.
The lack of action on the pitch meant some fans picked up on Gary Neville’s quiet word to Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler to correct him on an apparent lapse in memory.
When Alexandre Lacazette went down in stoppage time at the end of the game, cameras focused on United striker Edinson Cavani talking with Arsenal’s David Luiz.
The duo were stood chatting as they waited for play to resume, with Tyler speculating what the topic of conversation was.
He said: “It’s always a big rivalry from the other South Americans to the Brazilians. Cavani’s from Uruguay, maybe he’s a little more sympathetic but it looks quite friendly doesn’t it?”
Viewers noticed in a brief moment of silence that Neville could be heard whispering quietly that the pair were teammates at PSG together, with Tyler subsequently saying it himself into the microphone.
The duo have developed a close working relationship due to the fact they are often commentating together, with Tyler also hosting Sky Sports’ Gary Neville Podcast.
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Manchester United missed multiple chances to beat Arsenal on Saturday evening, drawing 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford were culpable of squandering opportunities, as United now sit three points off league leaders Man City having played a game more.
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It perhaps sums up the duo’s friendship that Neville was keen to not inadvertently show Tyler up on air by pointing it out himself and instead having a quiet word.
Speaking in 2014, Neville paid tribute to Tyler for achieving 40 years in commentary.
“It’s a great privilege to work alongside him,” he said.
“It’s been a magnificent achievement, not just the achievement of the longevity but the quality of the performance over the 40 years.
“And he certainly keeps me on my toes. You’ve got a commentator who knows more about football than me.”