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GNev: Best Game I’ve Played In Was 1999 vs Arsenal

Ahead of Manchester United’s massive match against Arsenal tomorrow, Gary Neville has claimed the best game he ever played in was our 2-1 victory over the Gunners in the FA Cup semi-final replay in 1999.

“The 1999 FA Cup semi final against Arsenal was probably the best game I have ever played in,” he said. “It had everything: pitch invasions, sendings-off, a last-minute penalty and one of the greatest goals ever seen. To top it all, it was the last-ever FA Cup semi-final replay and it was almost as if a tradition was dying. And it was held at Villa Park, which had been such a special ground for us in the FA Cup over the years. We played lots of semi-finals there, our fans were great and we were always difficult to beat. Unfortunately, we now have to go to Wembley to play semi-finals.”

Neville reckons the goal was one of the defining moments in Giggsy’s career but reckons he should have thought twice about the celebration.

“It was an incredible goal, anyway, but even more so in that he did it when we were down to 10 men and had our backs against the wall, just holding firm against wave after wave of attacks,” he continued. “It will be one of the defining moments in his career, although the one disappointment was the lasting image of his celebration – removing his shirt to reveal his hairy chest!”

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41 Comments

  1. James7t7 says:

    Gary Neville is a red!!!!

    Totally agree… that game had everything… dont think my heart can take another game like that though!!!

    Big performance tomorrow… C’mon the reds!!

    GGMU

  2. wayne says:

    game was amazing in those days the rivalry was as good as it gets,no real edge to the games anymore guess thats because gunners lost all their hard men and shit disturbers,really have proved themsevles to be a team of pussies.

  3. T4M says:

    Legend!

  4. Zelh says:

    viera vs. keano

    that’s what football was about.

  5. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Nothing wrong with a hairy chest. Better a hairy chest than waxing it liking tiny tears. G Nev is just jealous because he hasn’t got one.

  6. Kings says:

    What a game that was. ‘It’s a wonderful run from Giggs!’

  7. Kings says:

    His chest hair looks like Austin Powers.

  8. Injury Time says:

    Rooney wax his chest

  9. willierednut says:

    Ah, the memories. Was in Tenerife, with some mates. Obviously went to watch the game, the sports bar, I think you called it. 80% United fans and the rest gooners. Great atmosphere and good banter. Ended up with some English bird. They love the accent, among other things.

  10. willierednut says:

    I forgot, Giggs is a legend.

  11. Dandivine7 says:

    Neville a legend! That game against Arsenal at Villa Park remains an epic! OFF TOPIC, Heard that United have hijacked City’s Sanchez deal, United officials met His reps on Saturday morning under instruction from Sir Alex. Hope it turns out to be true!

  12. slouchie1472 says:

    I was watching it in the pub and a couple of weeks before i’d tore ligaments in my ankle. though ecstatic i held my composure when Teddy scored and Schmeichel saved the penalty but when giggs went on that run i started jumpin up screaming “LAY IT TO SCHOLES!!!!” but he didn’t and scored and i was in fucking agony!!!!! well worth it though

    FOM never die.

  13. slouchie1472 says:

    Did I say Teddy sorry I meant Becks Teddy laid it on!!!

  14. dazjoe says:

    I watch the highlights of that game every few months or so, and the best part, always, isn’t Giggy’s wonder goal, Beckham’s superb opener, or even big Pete’s last gasp penalty save. It’s Anelka’s “goal”, rightly ruled out for off side, and seeing the celebration of the Arsenal players and fans, going on for around a full minute, Parlour in the crowd, this coming about a minute after Keane was sent off.
    Oh they thought it was won, the look on their little faces when they see us restarting play with the free kick; priceless.

  15. wayne says:

    crap willie you’ve just posted a magnet for all the nimrods to appear,please sir alex sign sanchez i’ll never forgive you if the bitters sign him,please sir alex sign sanchez i’ll never forgive you if the rentboys sign him.get sanchez and man utd will be the best team in the whole wide world,i love sanchez please.please sir alex sign sanchez

  16. RedPharoe says:

    Giggs is our hairy LEGEND! and that makes him the most manly LEGEND! in football history.

  17. Robbinhood Savage says:

    would like to see a repeat of tat chest baring antics of Giggs if we win on sunday

    Let us show them who the real men are!!

  18. oneloveoneunited says:

    Still my best United game, went through all sorts of emotions that night. Giggsy’s goal was just magical, even my brother applauded it and he hates united.

  19. King Eric says:

    Yeah one of my favourite all time games as well. It had it all. I love watching the Bergkamp penalty save and all the United fans behind the goal. Just before he takes it a load of fans near the front fear the worse and start leaving to exit. Then when Pete saves it they all start running back and giving the v sign at bergkamp and going absolutely fucking mental. Must have been a right games to have been at.

  20. King Eric says:

    Dazjoe. Ha. Yeah mate that was rather amusing. Daft cunts.

    Willie. Ooooh. Malcum will be very pleased with the Sanchez story. Remember the poster who was desperate for this and said as much about sixty times yesterday.

    Kings. Sunday supp shouldn’t let us down tomorrow. Rentboy beasley and fat cunt primate samuel both on.

  21. King Eric says:

    Fuck off terry. Just heard his post match interview. Bigging up fucking arsenal and saying if any team can beat us they can. Says they got a “pumping“ at the emirates so we can. Piss off CLLC. United are considerably better than your shower of shit John as highlighted in recent European games. It must wrankle. Everytime he feels the rentboys have a chance in Europe they are thwarted by United. Ha. Arsenal can’t buy a win and are shit at home yet everyone is talking like we are going to get beat. Fucking horrible dodgy cunt.

  22. Zibbie says:

    Nim Rod say’s Go Sanchez hahahahahahahahaha……….
    I do like him.
    Giggs is awesome and just after his and Rooneys goals there was a free kick with a close up of Giggs and the salt in his hair and beard the profile was great.

  23. Zibbie says:

    KingEric I read some of his shit to, a win for Man Utd against the Gooners !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Kings says:

    King Eric – Hello mate. Terry is such a mouthy cunt when his team wins. Always giving it large about how they are back and how we will crumble under the pressure. Go fuck yourself you homo haircut cunt.

    Yeah saw the line up for the Sunday Supplement. So we can safely say there will be a mixture of eulogy over Chelsea and the spitting of venom at United and ‘Fergie’ as they love to call him. Fucking wankers. Keep an eye out for Samuel’s bindle near his chair, the dirty looking vagrant cunt!

  25. Paul H says:

    Completely agree. My mate is still kicking himself to this day for dropping out at the last minute, leaving me to take my then GF (now Mrs H) who has been to probably less than 5 United games in her life.

    Still, my mate was smug a few weeks later when he scored a ticket for Camp Nou, when I missed out on.

    The SF replay had an amazing atmosphere throughout. I couldn’t watch the Bergkamp pen but I tell you what, we had a cracking view for the Giggs winner and the ensuing celebrations!

  26. Roary says:

    Giggs will Tear you Apart Again and Again, and again, and again….

    i went just as mental as he did after the goal, brilliant moment….

  27. Kings says:

    Rob Beasley: ‘It would have been a crime against Football if Chelsea had lost the game yesterday’. CUNT. He is vehemently defending that fucking football club.

  28. lawman10 says:

    what a twat that rob beasley is………….a complete nob

  29. Kings says:

    Martine Samuel: ‘It’s a lot different to playing on the park than in the league, you don’t someone playing on the park going up to a camera and swearing into it as there isn’t one’. Yeah good one you Jim Royal look-a-like cunt.

  30. TonyBee says:

    Being considerably older than most on here I have to say this game was my all-time No 2……the best game was when we played Derby County, I think it may have been a cup game and Gordon Hill and Steve Coppell were magnificent ….Giles Oakely will probably put this right but I thought we were 2 down and Derby were coasting…. and either Hill or Coppell scored a screamer and we went on to win 2-3 …. reason it sticks in my mind was at the time Bruce Rioch was a dirty bastard and was kicking fuck out of anyone in Red as he got more and more frustrated.

    At the final whistle a young UTD fan got on the pitch swung a punch at Rioch, he ducked and sprinted full length of the pitch running for his life to the tunnel closely chased by our fan, who had he caught him, would definitely gave the cowardly fucker a spanking….

  31. scan74 says:

    that cup semi is one of the greatest no question fantastic game in our greatest season

    so many top games that year

    juve away

    scouse in the cup

    and the forest game i always remember with ole bagging 4 from the bench

    brilliant times up the shirts today 3pts and that twat Terry’s chest thumping wont count 4 fuck all

  32. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    It is one of those moments that had everything going for it. Unfortunately, I was too young to be supporting United at the time but I do regard it as one of the greatest ever goals. As Andy Gray said during the match, if this is last goal to be scored in an F.A. Cup replay, then what a goal.

    I saw this amazing video on Youtube with the goal in slow-mo accompanied by the Hitman 2 theme music and it is an amazingly compiled video sure to give you goosebumps. Will post a link if I find it again.

  33. Costas says:

    Best game I’ve ever seen, that’s for sure.

  34. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    http://www.skysports.com/opinion/story/0,25212,15205_6904072,00.html

    Anybody else surprised like I was that Paul Merson picked us to thrash Arsenal in this game and gave glowing opinions about why we are so good on Sky Sports.

    I am always worried when the pundits pick us to win these 6-pointers. It feels to me that they jinx it with their predictions. Not that I expect it to happen today but still I love it when they all predict us to lose. That way, it makes the feeling better when we we eventually win and rub it in their faces. :D

  35. Kings says:

    Fuck off Beasley you egghead rentboy cunt. You have him who is a rentboy lover and Patrick Barclay who is a Wenger loving cunt – I’m sure those cunts were separated at birth.

  36. lawman10 says:

    fucking cunt beasley had to say: correct me if i am wrong but rooneys goal drought was longer then the torres goal drought.
    just fuck of beasley……………how many more digs at united can he get in?

  37. King Eric says:

    Kings and lawman. Gonna watch it tonight lads. What a fucking cunt that beasley is. Fucking rentboy. That ladyboy bastard aint fit to lace rooneys boots. At least when wayne wasn’t scoring he was doing other things. He didn’t cost fifty million either.

    “Jim royal lookalike cunt“. Quality.

    Balaji. Hello mate. Yeah I am a bit concerned that Merson tipped United. Usually whatever the alky coke head bastard the opposite is true.

  38. missingOTnowiminoz says:

    the funny thing i remember is that i’d been screaming to get giggs off cos he had been poor up until viera gave him the ball..suppose he was saving it all for that moment…i went nuts when he smashed the ball in (also feeling a little stupd! lol) the roof of the net!!!!! GIGGS is an absolute legend

  39. Raizzen says:

    I have nothing but admiration towards the man. And of course a certain chested man he mentioned too lol

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