Inter Miami manager Phil Neville has defended his decision to play his son Harvey and club president Romeo Beckham in Tuesday’s 6-0 defeat to Barcelona.
Neville called the pre-season friendly the ‘biggest game’ in Miami’s short history.
They were then pipped by the Catalan giants and Neville decided to play with his son and owner David Beckham’s son, despite the pair never featuring in MLS, as Just Football reports.
Both players are part of the Inter Miami II squad and play in MLS Next Pro.
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Neville spoke passionately about their performances in his post-match interview, while being accused of nepotism by the club’s fans.
“I was super proud of both of them. Romeo only played the last five or six minutes, which is difficult, but they had earned the right to continue.”
“They both showed very good temperament and I think we learned a lot tonight. It was a big challenge for us, as you could see. We were playing against world-class players, two world-class teams in each half,” he said.
Barcelona won the match 6-0, while Miami is currently ninth in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Philip John Neville (born 21 January 1977) is an English football manager and former player, who is the head coach of MLS team Inter Miami. He is also the co-owner of Salford City, along with several of his former Manchester United teammates.
After 10 years as a professional with Manchester United, during which time he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, three FA Charity Shields, the Intercontinental Cup, and the Champions League, he joined Everton in 2005, where he spent the final eight years of his playing career. Neville also played for England 59 times between 1996 and 2007, representing the nation at three European Championships. He could play in defence or midfield; due to this versatility, he operated in a number of different positions throughout his career, but was most often used as a full-back.