Gary Neville, who has spent the summer with the England squad during their Euro 2012 campaign, has reflected on his first pre-season with the club when he was 20-years-old.
“My first trip to Asia with United was in 1995,” he told the official site. “We went to Malaysia for two weeks and I had a brilliant time. We played in front of big crowds and saw a lot of interesting sights. It was the first tour for quite a lot of us young lads from the class of ’92 and it was brilliant to spend time with the first-team players and coaching staff. I also remember the heat and humidity. I couldn’t understand how it was possible to play football in those conditions. I remember coming back to play in England and thinking, ‘This is easy’. But that’s part of pre-season: if you can run in that heat then it’s going to bring on your fitness an awful lot.”
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