Gary Neville apologises for awkward Sky Sports gaffe before Arsenal vs Leeds

Manchester United legend Gary Neville apologise for an awkward Sky Sports commentary moment before Arsenal’s clash with Leeds.

The Sky Sports pundit was in the gantry as the Gunners looked to get back to winning ways at Elland Road following the international break.

But the former defender was caught out during a technical error from the broadcaster before the game started.

Studio host David Jones handed over Neville and Martin Tyler at the ground with a few minutes to kick-off.

An awkward silence, though, greets viewers while the camera pans onto the Leeds logo.

Mumblings can be heard through the microphones before Neville says clearly: “Hi, Patrice!”

He was speaking to former team-mate Patrice Evra, who was in the Sky Sports studio throughout the day.

After another moment of silence, the commentator cuts in to get the broadcast started.

While lead commentator Tyler introduced the teams at Elland Road, Neville took to Twitter with a quick message.

“Apologies at home for that interlude,” he wrote.

“Hiiiii Patrice.”

And viewers quickly jumped onto the social media channel to take a cheeky dig at the Sky Sports pundit.

“Not Gary Neville's greatest bit of punditry ever,” one said.

Another commented: “Did Neville just say hi Patrice?!”

While a third took the chance to remind fans of another Neville commentary moment, with: “The sexy ‘Hiiiiiiii Patrice’ or the orgasm as [Fernando] Torres scored – favourite Gary Neville sexy moment?”

And a fourth added: “Highlight of the day Gary.”

With a fifth simply saying: “That was hilarious.”

Neville has been working as a pundit for Sky Sports since 2011, regularly sharing his opinions on the sports broadcaster.

The former United defender admitted he was “glued” to his side’s 3-1 win against Everton before the international break.

But the 45-year-old faced ridicule from Tottenham fans when he made a comparison between Harry Kane and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.

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