Former Manchester United defender Neville left red-faced after donning Liverpool shirt live on Sky

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher wear Liverpool and Manchester United shirts as Monday Night Football returns

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville was left embarrassed on Monday as he was forced to wear a Liverpool shirt live on air.

Neville, 43, suffered the humiliation of donning his fierce rivals’ kit live on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football after losing a pre-season bet with co-analyst Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool legend Carragher beat his counterpart in a penalty shootout and Neville begrudgingly accepted after seemingly attempting to pull out of the dare.

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The former right-back did, though, wear his shirt back-to-front in an attempt to avoid donning the Liverpool badge.

And the Istanbul 2005 Champions League winner set up his colleague with a shirt from Xherdan Shaqiri – the current incumbent of the number 23 shirt, Carragher’s former number.

Switzerland winger Shaqiri even signed the shirt – with a cheeky message for Neville, who criticised his play for his country during the World Cup in Russia.

Monday Night Football was heated on Sky Sports as Carragher and Neville were forced to wear shirts of their hated rivals
It proved to be an uncomfortable fit for Gary Neville as the former Man Utd man was forced to wear a Liverpool shirt

It read: “To my no.1 fan Gary, please don’t track back – SORRY – please don’t backtrack on this bet.”

But the former Red Devil – and Class of ’99 man – did not go down without a fight, ensuring Carragher came good on his forfeit to wear a United shirt.

That came after an alleged earlier bet in which the pair argued over former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho’s capabilities – with Carragher backing the Brazilian to score 15 goals in a season.

Meanwhile Liverpool’s head of supporter liaison Tony Barrett popped up on Twitter to suggest the shirts could go to a good cause.

Carragher agreed that the tops could go to foodbank charities run by both sets of supporters as a suitable way to end the bet.