Gary Neville’s masterclass analysis on diving (Monday Night Football, April 16, 2012)

Gary Neville has been one of the big winners of the 2011/2012 season – becoming the must watch football pundit on British television.

The former Manchester United defender puts on a regular clinic on Sky’s Monday Night Football ahead of the big Premier League game, alongside presenter Ed Chamberlain discussing the major topics raging from the previous weekend.

Bringing the perspective of a player that just retired, who has appeared with or against almost all the current Premier League stars and with his forthright attitude and opinions, Neville frequently provides brilliant analysis.

On Monday night, before Arsenal’s surprise defeat to Wigan, G Nev discussed the Premier League epidemic of diving in light of Ashley Young’s successive tumbles against both QPR and Aston Villa.

Neville is in his element discussing the intricacies of why players go down and had some particularly insightful and accurate advice for defenders in the modern game.

Using footage from a host of Premier League matches, Neville points the finger but also explains just why players go down and wonders in some cases why they don’t.

Finally, he bursts one of the great myths of the modern game – everyone dives, including Lionel Messi.

Gary Neville’s masterclass analysis on diving in the Premier League is here.

Phil’s brother and the son of Neville Neville also mentions that he used to dive during his playing days – here is the evidence of Gary Neville being booked at Sunderland.

Related link: Gary Neville on the Sergio Aguero/Carlos Tevez partnership.