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PNev: Everyone Knew How Much I Loved United

Ahead of today’s game between United and Everton, Phil Neville has spoken about how tough he found it settling in to the Merseyside club, claiming that whenever he didn’t play well or Everton lost, he’d be referred to as ‘the Manc’.

“I look back now and the lads who were in the team that first year, Stubbsy and David Weir, they’re now first-team coaches at Everton and they’re great guys,” he said. “But at the time, it was like a baptism And coming from Manchester United was hard. Everyone knew how much I loved United and I had to convince the fans that my heart was in Everton and not in United.”

Neville doesn’t enjoy coming back to Old Trafford and playing against the team he supports but says it’s easier now that he doesn’t have to play against his brother.

“It’s a little bit easier now that Gary’s retired but there are too many complications,” he said. “For me it’s a case of, ‘get it out of the way and let’s get on with the rest of the season’. I think I need to play another 20 League games and I’ve played just as many games for Everton as I had for United. I left United with people thinking I was diehard Red. And I want to leave Everton with the Everton fans thinking ‘He gave his heart and soul to this club’.”

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9 Comments

  1. nicky says:

    If it needs be.. we would take an OG from you Phil

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Loved Phil (386 games and 8 goals). Great player, super lad. Still not bad mind

    3 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League

    Oh right, and he won it 6 times! :twisted:

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Nicky, We already got one off him if memory serves! Cheers.

  4. AlphaRS says:

    I remember united being 2-0 down at Goodison and Phil Nev clearing one off the line on to his own net. Mourinho must have been livid…!

  5. nicky says:

    FletchTHEMAN – - that’s why i said so heehe.. We ll surely take another one today no? 12 points clear is better than any1 of us thought last August

  6. domunited says:

    Top professional. But indeed I don’t think I could give 110% against the team I truly love.

    Any other team Phil, play a blinder… today I’ll take a 5/10. :)

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Phil Neville’s 300th appearance for Everton if he plays today.

    Not to pleased about his statement that he tried to take Ronaldo out with a 2 footed tackle so that everton fans would accept him. Bit off that one!

  8. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Pogba: I left because of Scholes!

    Coming out of retirement for 2 years? He can piss right off.

    http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/man-utd/news/pogba-scholes-return-ended-united-career_68591.html

  9. belfast red. says:

    @ that article at 14:01. Real classy stuff from pogba. My disdain grows for him..

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