Legends 98/99: Gary Neville

Gary Alexander Neville

The right-back who held his own in the United squad for a remarkable 19 years. A hardworking, intelligent and downright passionate, 1-club man, Gary Neville can never be forgotten.

The Beginnings

A 1-club footballer, Gary Neville started off as a cricketer. Unbelievable. Being born in Bury, Greater Manchester, he supported United all his kiddie life. After school, a young Gary Neville joined the Devils in 1991 as an apprentice. There started the journey of a man who went on to become United Captain for 5-years.

He was a part of a select of group of outstanding players, the Fergie’s Fledglings; something compared with the Busby Babes. It took him 4 years after joining to become a consistent pick in the starting lineup for United in 1994-1995 season.

The Treble Year

The treble year was important because that was the year the whole of Fergie’s Fledglings played together with sprinklings of experience among them. Important and a regular fix in the team were the Neville brothers and importantly the man we’re talking about now. Gary Neville, played 34 matches for United in the league and a total of 54 matches that season scoring 1 goal that season in a 3-1 victory against Everton. With that single goal, he also had 8 yellows and 1 red which came in the match United drew with Tottenham 2-2 away. He was an important part of the team, putting in effort to keep the clean sheets which helped us win the treble.

What more?

After 2005, captaining United until 2011, Gary Neville was a complete United player; passionate, hard-working with a never-say die attitude. Now, he is a Match Analyst on Sky Sports and has given us brilliant insights into many games.

A hardworking, technically brilliant and smart footballer; Gary Neville was, for nearly 2 decades, a perfect RB. Combining to deadly effect with Beckham and then playing out of position as Centre Back, he has done it all for United. An one-club man. He is a true United Legend and one of the consistent players we have seen.


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