Gary Neville’s last goal for Manchester United came in 2004, when he scored in our 2-1 win against Lyon. The rare opportunities Neville has had since then usually are of the ‘head down and wallop it’ variety, usually ending up in the stands or straight in the path of the keeper. But we don’t love him for his goalscoring ability, thank goodness.
Tonight, Neville managed 45 minutes for the Reserves in our 2-2 draw against Everton tonight. The home side had gone 2-0 up after 17 minutes, but Captain Nev started the comeback, scoring our first goal 4 minutes later. United should have drawn level from the penalty spot, however Richie Jones saw his shot saved. We had to wait until the hour mark before getting our equalising goal, with winger Sean Evans putting away a Chris Fagan pass.
Neville appeared lively and up for it, showing how hungry he is to win back his place in the first XI.
Is this finally the successful comeback we’ve been waiting for?
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