Gary Neville Retires

The most hated man in English football by rival fans has brought to an end a 20 year career of playing for United. Gary Neville joined United in 1991 and was a part of the famous Fergie Fledglings. Arguably one of the best right backs to play for England and Manchester United he will always be loved by the United faithful. During his career at United he has made 602 appearances and scored seven goals.

Rivals fans especially those of Liverpool will always have a bad taste in their mouth for his celebration infront of the Kop after Rio Ferdinand scored the game winning goal.

Honours

  • Premier League (8): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2008–09
  • FA Cup (3): 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
  • Football League Cup (2): 2005–06, 2009–10
  • FA Community Shield (3): 1996, 1997, 2008
  • UEFA Champions League (2): 1998–99, 2007–08
  • Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
  • FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008
  • PFA Team of the Year: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007
  • Overall Team of the Decade – 2001-2

International Career: 85 Caps

“I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I’ve ever had. Obviously I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end, however it comes to us all, and it’s knowing when that time is and for me that time is now. I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world as well as against them and I have been lucky to have been part of the team’s achievements and the club’s great success.

“There are so many people I want to thank and, of course, top of that list is Sir Alex. He has given me so many opportunities and countless support over the last 20 years – he is truly one of the greatest managers – and I have to thank him for that.

“There have also been so many great players that I have had the privilege to train and play alongside. The experiences we’ve shared will be with me for the rest of my life. Also, I’d like to thank all the coaches I have played under from youth level right through to now, who have guided me through my playing days. And finally, the fans, who have always shown me unbelievable support. They know how special they are to me and this club.

“I am looking forward to new experiences and the club will always be a part of my life going forward. However, the most important thing now is for the club to continue with the success that is synonymous with Manchester United and I will be supporting them all the way, as a fan.”

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