Leeds United swept aside Salford City in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, but there was a surprising turn of events after the final whistle.
A lot of Leeds fans were willing to praise and show some respect to their long-time adversary Gary Neville.
The former England international was fulfilling his duties as a pundit on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game between Leeds and Salford.
Many of the Elland Road faithful couldn’t help but take their hat off to Neville for staying so professional and insightful when talking about two clubs he is clearly very passionate about for one reason or another.
Last night was a night that @GNev2 could have shown a lot of bias towards @SalfordCityFC, but his punditry was top drawer. He was very honest and complimentary towards @LUFC. He is, easily, the best pundit on @SkySports.
— Ross Milner (@RossM86) August 14, 2019
Well done Gary Neville good summary of the match and unbiased review of the match …. from a Leeds fan you are one impressive individual .
— ukogas (@ukogas) August 13, 2019
Other fans had to preface their praise by letting other Twitter users know that they still don’t like the former Manchester United man.
I’ve spent much of my life criticising Gary Neville, but his punditry tonight has been articulate, intelligent, perceptive and fair. These are crazy times.#lufc
— Ian McMullen CISSP (@IMcMullenCISSP) August 13, 2019
— Jo Bedford ???? (@El_Loco_JoJo) August 13, 2019
Another section of the fanbase pointed out how hard it must have been for the 44-year-old to praise a club he so famously dislikes.
— Adam Leverton (@levertonadam1) August 13, 2019
Bet it killed him having to praise us ????????
— Paul Fisher ???????? (@greenfishertwit) August 13, 2019