Neville Retires


Gary Neville, 36 years old, has retired from football after almost 20 years playing at Manchester United. Gary signed for United in July 1991 and was part of the famous Class of ’92 that won the FA Youth Cup in 1992. He then became a first-team regular alongside his teammates from that side, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, his brother Philip Neville and David Beckham.

In his glittering career at Old Trafford, Gary played 602 games and scored seven goals. He has won the UEFA Champions League, eight Premier League trophies, three FA Cups, two League Cups, the Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. He became club captain in 2005. Gary won 85 caps for England between 1995 and 2007, playing in two World Cups (1998 and 2006) and three European Championships (1996, 2000 and 2004).

"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."

Gary Neville of Manchester United tackles Graham Dorrans of West Bromich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on January 1, 2011 in West Bromwich, England. The game was the last Gary Neville ever played for Manchester United.

Former Red David Beckham has paid tribute to his old team-mate and best friend Gary Neville, hailing him as "one of the best defenders ever to have played the game". Beckham and Neville formed a successful partnership down United's right wing for almost a decade at Old Trafford and the ex-Red says the defender will go down as one of the game's greatest.

"Not only is Gary a great person, he is one of the best defenders ever to have played the game. It was an honour to play with him at United and for England. He deserves all the praise and recognition." said Beckham on his Facebook page.

David Beckham and Gary Neville

Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League Final 1999

5 May 2001: Gary Neville of Manchester United lifts the trophy and celebrates being crowned FA Carling Premier League Champions after the match against Derby played at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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