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Nev: People Always Slagged Me Off… Now They’re Full Of Praise

Gary Neville has laughed about the reaction to his retirement, with newspapers and rivals suddenly singing his praises, after slagging him off for his whole career.

“I have had 20 years of people slagging me off, then I retire and people start to praise me,” laughed Neville. “That happens, doesn’t it? I forgot who it was that said to me early on in my career that when you are injured and when you retire, they are the only times you truly get praised or appreciated. It’s probably proven to be the case. For me, I hope it all ends and goes away. You have to speak about it, you can’t shy away from the fact that it’s a moment I should want to speak about. But, I’m happy for next Monday to come so we can concentrate on getting on with our lives and United winning things. That’s what I want most of all this season.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Shurik says:


  2. Zelh says:

    true words.
    he is manchester united.

  3. shubhangmanred says:

    A fan’s words.

  4. smartalex says:

    Gary Neville may be our Greatest Fan.

  5. Kings says:

    Gary Neville epitomises all that is good about United.

  6. mufcmyreligion says:

    The best UTD and ENGLAND RB of his generation, will always remember the smacker he gave Scholes when he scored the winner last season against citeh!! Fucking Legend will always be in our hearts and deserves for his name to be chanted for years to come by the stretford end!

  7. hammons says:

    class act. sit up and take notice of how to properly act.

  8. willierednut says:

    Gary? You’re nobody, till somebody, kills you.

  9. dela says:

    Emily would give him a run for his money.

  10. smartalex says:

    dela with a small d
    Emily is our Greatest Young Fan of Gary Neville!

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    Finally a thread on our RedNev, thought it would never come

  12. C.Hughesmufc says:

    Is it emily off youtube the little girl that sings all the songs yous are talking about.

  13. RedScot says:

    Well no “Cant” shouts at a shit player do they Gary? Thats why they shouted abuse at you.You were a great Red,and a fucking dangerous opponent.No supporter bothers with the crap players, thats not the players, you wont to rile up.
    I dont think anybody would have slagged you of, face to face, Gary.What I know of you, and what I have seen, the quiet respectable people, are also the meanest fuckers, when cornered.
    Your Family, holds you dear, within our Hearts.
    I so hope you get a job, in future at Old Trafford. Will be pure dead brilliant.

  14. smartalex says:

    Of Nevilles we are threadbare.

    Neville Neville, they’re in defence, Neville Neville, their future’s immense,
    Neville Neville, they ain’t half bad, Neville Neville, the name of their dad.

  15. C.Hughesmufc says:

    @Red scott robbie savage is the exception

  16. CedarsDevil says:


    Hope all is well mate… been a while. TOP post

  17. willierednut says:

    The saga continues?

  18. smartalex says:

    C.Hughesmufc that is the Emily of whom we speak.

  19. RedScot says:

    @Cedars, hi mate, cheers, its just what, I think.I saw him saying,on his interview on MUTV, about why he was calling it a day,it was sad, naturally.I just thought there and then, you are just United to the marrow.He gave huge credit to Sir Alex and all the fabulous players, he had the pleasure to work with.No self massaging of “Him”. It was about everyone else around about Gary. He wanted no credit. I think, his words were something like this”I dont want to, mess around, the Club, Manchester United, and hang on until the Summer.Its not right for me or the Club “WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SO MUCH”. No Gary, you have given you, the Manchester United fans. SO , MUCH.

  20. C.Hughesmufc says:

    @Smartalex. She’s brill cant watch her chants without smiling.

  21. smartalex says:

    Nev’l never let you down.

  22. willierednut says:

    We all need the love. ^

  23. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Where is GHTT to give us some links.
    We all love Emily!

    Think she and dad needed a rest. But always loved them myself!

  24. Bol says:

    Nev’l let you up.

  25. Marching Red says:

    @ FletchTHEMAN

    I’m no GHTT, but here ya go:

  26. smartalex says:

    I am glad Fletch is not over confident, he remembers ‘Five or six years ago we experienced a
    loss at Wolves when we were top of the league.’ They were bottom then also.

    When we played them in november at home, we started with Van der Sar, Brown, Evra, O’Shea Ferdinand, Vidic, Hargreaves, Fletcher, Obertan, Hernandez, Park. Subs were Bebe, Macheda and Scholes.

    My team against Wolves tomorrow.

    van der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov

    The ref is young, he hasn’t reffed United. Mick will target Rafael, so we expect to see the new
    mature Rafael Da Silva.

  27. Ulster Red says:

    fully recovered from concussion then? happy days

  28. smartalex says:

    ‘and Rafael should return after being given the all-clear from the concussion suffered at Blackpool.’

  29. Ulster Red says:

    best news ive heard all day.

  30. mattbw7 says:

    Oh goody another neville thread

  31. willierednut says:

    Matt – You love it! Gary Neville is a Red!!

  32. mattbw7 says:

    lol willie, maybe I do, I just dont get all the bollocks we’re reading now

  33. RedScot says:

    Not more Bollocks, on Rom. surely not?
    Its staying the course and reading, gets you through the night and day! lol.
    Glad to see, Rom is building up and more post’s as the season climaxes.
    Not Glory hunters? lol

  34. MG says:

    Sell Neville sign new right back

    Wait Neville has retired :( But we have Rafael :)

  35. Rai says:

    How good would it be to see the man who hates Liverpool with all his heart get invited to lift the Premier League title at the end of the season to make it 19

  36. keano86 says:




  37. Fergie's gum says:

    GNev is a red,he hates scousers

  38. Raizzen says:

    Bestest thing we could give him as parting gift is lifting the PL by the end of the season. But he’s staying right ? :D

    Love it. Love the man.

    p/s: am starting to sound gay from so many “I love you Gary man” lol

  39. YorYor says:

    There’s talk about honouring the contract, just not in the playing football capacity. And Neville was saying he has 12 months to think things through, on what he wants to do. So yeah, we should be seeing him. SAF also talked about the youngters owing him a debt… so yeah, he might be somehow involved with the Reserves/Youth team.

  40. Dave Malaysia says:

    Smart guy Gary,logical thinking,no bullshit.


  41. Old Trafford King says:

    Now that he’s retired. i fancy seeing him sitting in the Stretford End


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