Geoffrey Boycott defends scathing Manchester United interview after dubbing their season as ‘disappointment’

11 May

Geoffrey Boycott has defended his interview with Manchester United’s in-house TV channel when he dubbed the club’s season a ‘disappointment’.

The former England cricketer and famous United fan received praise from other supporters for his honest answers on MUTV.

Manchester United will not be playing Champions League football next season
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“Disappointment, more than anything,” said Boycott of this season, which saw United miss out on Champions League football.

“The football hasn’t been inspiring, if anything they’ve let themselves and the people that support them down.”

In an attempt to change the subject, MUTV presenter Mark Sullivan asked Boycott about the future under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the 78-year-old replied: “He doesn’t have a record of experience.”

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While his interview has caused hilarity on social media, Boycott took to Twitter to defend his comments.

He said: “When MUTV requested an interview at the Player of the Year Awards I don’t believe my answers were untrue or unfair.

“The newspaper headlines are at it again making out I slagged people off. Please listen to the whole interview and not just the comments in certain newspapers.

“I have supported our Club for 55 years and I was delighted to be a guest at the POTY Awards, but I won’t lie about this year’s football.

“I have loved Manchester United through good and bad times, and will continue to but I don’t look at everything through red coloured spectacles!”

Luke Shaw won the club’s Player of the Year award with Victor Lindelof coming second and Paul Pogba third.

Geoffrey Boycott recovering after quadruple open heart bypass surgery

10 Jul

Former England and Yorkshire batsman Geoffrey Boycott is recovering from quadruple open heart bypass surgery, his family announced on Tuesday.

In a statement posted on her father’s official Twitter account Emma Boycott said the 77-year-old had the procedure in Leeds on June 27, and spent 10 days in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit.

Boycott has undergone quadruple open heart bypass surgery

Boycott has been a commentator for the BBC’s Test Match Special, and, his family said, was hoping to be able to return to work for England’s third Test against India at Trent Bridge, which starts on August 18.

“The surgeon says the operation was a success and has now allowed him home to recover from the invasive surgery,” the statement posted by @BabyBoycs read.

“This will take some time so he will not be commentating at the start of the England v India Test match series but hopes to be back at work for the 3rd Test match at Nottingham.”

Boycott played 108 Tests for England between 1964 and 1982, scoring 8,114 runs at an average of 47.72. He hit 22 Test centuries and 42 half-centuries.

Boycott hit 22 Test centuries in his playing career

Responding to a post from a well-wisher, Boycott said he was “resting”, with his daughter Emma typing the replies on his behalf.

During his time at the crease, Boycott was renowned for his defensive play, but more recently the Yorkshireman has become known for his at times scathing punditry on television and radio.