Pep Guardiola has hit back at criticism from Gary Neville by referring to the former defender's unsuccessful spell in management.

Guardiola hits back at Neville

Guardiola hits back at Neville

Neville, who lasted less than four months as Valencia boss in 2015-16, claimed it was 'a joke' that Manchester City boss Guardiola had only six substitutes on his bench at Burnley last Saturday.

Guardiola said he had no alternative due to injuries and he did not want to call up a player from the under-23s - as Neville advocated while on duty as a Sky Sports pundit - because they had played the night before.

'It was the first time in my life and an exception,' he said. 'This guy, the pundit, he has to know my job is serious. It’s not a joke - never is it a joke.

'It’s so serious and he should know that as he was a manager - for a short time.'