Expect fireworks when ex-Manchester United and Liverpool rivals share a studio this season

Monday Night Football has a new pundit - Jamie Carragher will join Gary Neville in the studio.

Over the years Sky Sports has always been pushing the boundaries when it comes to the presentation of football on our television screens.

Recently the focus has been on bringing in recently retired, younger faces, to bring a more contemporary approach to the punditry and commentating on Premier League games.

One such face has been Gary Neville.

The former Manchester United and England full-back has, generally, garnered great reviews from other pundits, fans and professional footballers about his insight into the game.

He even has his own marquee moment already. You can add his ‘crisis’ after Fernando Torres put the nail in Barcelona’s Champions League campaign alongside the likes of ‘Jenas by name genius by nature’; ‘You Beautttyyyyy’; and ‘So good they named him twice’.

Neville has also been tasked with being the main man on Sky’s Monday Night Football coverage - but he is to be joined with a fellow recently retired former England international.

No, I don’t mean Paul Scholes has completed a dramatic media presence U-turn. Instead Neville will be joined by former Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher.

Ding-ding, seconds out, rings to mind.

Let’s just say that these two had the fair share of scrapes as professionals on the pitch.

In 2006, when Gary Neville famously celebrated with extreme passion in front of the Liverpool fans at Old Trafford, Carragher felt that Neville ‘crossed the line’ - stating:

"I've heard people say it's justified because he gets a lot of stick from the Liverpool fans, but the truth is he gets the stick because he's been doing that for years. That's why it all started. I feel the same way about Liverpool as Neville does about Manchester United and from that point of view we're similar, but I don't act like that when we score against United.’’

So hopefully there will be some fireworks on Monday nights to give the coverage a little more spice - although in recent years the respect each have for each other has also been apparent.

In 2011 Carragher called him the best ‘full-back in Premier League history’. Meanwhile Neville has been singing his praises in the commentary box for the past season.

But while respect is one thing, opinion is another - and I am sure these two will come to verbal blows eventually.

In fact, I’d bet my house on it.

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