‘Taking a massive risk’ – Gary Neville’s verdict on Anwar El Ghazi’s clash with Tyrone Mings
During the first half of the match, Mings furiously made it clear to the Netherlands international that he needed to make more effort with his defensive responsibilities.
That did not sit well with El Ghazi, who saw his loan move at the club from Lille made permanent in the summer, and he appeared to push his head into the face of his Villa colleague.
VAR was called into action to review the incident and, although the officials decided no further action was required, Neville believes he was walking a very fine line.
“It’s never great, he’s actually taking a massive risk by throwing his head towards him. I wouldn’t have thought the manager would have a problem because they would have tried to make up before they went in for half-time,” he told Sky Sports.
“If I was Mings, I’d be absolutely fuming. I think they’re entitled to have a row, that isn’t the problem, but throwing his head towards him is a step too far.”
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher also shared his view on the clash, though he doesn’t believe the incident warranted any further action from the officials.
“There was a head clash, headbutt if you want to go that far, it was checked and wasn’t given. He probably needs to do it a little bit harder if he was going to get sent off I think,” he stated.
“It’s just a push of the heads really, I wouldn’t have liked to see one of them get sent off for that.”