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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. chrsprk26 says:

    Absolutely fantastic.

    My favorite of them all, while they are all brilliant, has got to be the one where Nev return crosses Ronaldo’s cross…. just fantastic.

  2. Arni says:

    No the best bit is, in the ‘Up Next’ video of Neville celebrating in front of the Liverpool fans.

  3. Alfie says:


  4. Collyhurst Red says:

    Tell you what, if Nani could improve his decision making on crosses to Nev’s level he would be unstoppable.
    I think we forget how good his crossing was, whether it be on the move, almost stopped, dinking it up, crossing it low, moving it sideways.
    It all points to a player totally aware of all that was going on around him.


  5. RedLife says:

    i hope he stays. What a proffessional.

  6. Collyhurst Red says:


    Good idea, but it wouldn’t take up much time though!

  7. Alfie says:

    All the more reason then! All 7 goals, with ridiculous special effects, slow motion and epic music!

  8. RedDeviled Egg says:

    Hargreaves is not in our Champs leage 25?
    But in our Prem League squad.
    What’s going on here?

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    What you see in all the great crossers is that the balls get whipped in, you don’t see lazy looping shite. As Gary shows, propper crosses often need to be whipped in. Arriving in the box with pace so that a the subsequent header or shot is unstoppable. Ofcourse, these crosses can’t be delivered to lesser forwards as they will only make a hash of it.

    Proper crossers of the ball
    Becks had it. Valencia has it. GNev has it. Nani is hit or miss at the moment but can be glorious at times.

    New flag for OT?

    Get whipped in lads!

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    @RedDeviled Egg
    Understand from smartalex and some of the quicker* lads on this site, that
    the PL 25 does not have to include any of the under 21 home grown lads, so there
    isn’t as much pressure on the boss to exclude players who are crocked. For instance, Smalling is not on our PL25 yet he can be played anytime.
    CL doesn’t have that luxury. 25 include all eligible players at any age.

    *not counted in that number myself ;)

  11. DAVE RED says:

    Great article by Paul Hayward in todays Guardian on Gary, it fits exactly how good he was.

  12. ManChestHair says:

    man…didn’t realize he could whip it in with his left that well…such a beast when he had pace

  13. FletchTHEMAN says:

    @DaveRED You beat me to it. Great read from Paul Hayward on Gary.

    A singularly good line
    …..a big club’s history starts from zero every day.

    Same should be said about its players.
    Hope Gary remains a factor at the club for many years.

  14. torontored says:

    Never mind the crosses he made – for me he made Beckham. The # of times he made the overlapping run and traded passes to Beckham to allow him time and space for his crosses and for which Gary received little or no praise.

    He will be missed.

  15. and solskjaer has won it says:

    Thanks for everything Gary
    You’ll be truly missed
    Would’t be surprised to see him in the away end on a regular basis

  16. pmcelevey1 says:

    legend, shame the injuries got the better of him in the end. great career though hes lived the dream

  17. nani4ever says:

    Happy day Ravel Morrison our most promising prospect is back, on the bench for the reserves.

  18. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I have asked the question about whether Gary would be in line for a winners medal this year.
    The easy rule is a minimum of 10 games, but the express states that teams routinely request and are granted exceptions.

    EXCERPT: Premier League regulations state that only players with 10 appearances are entitled to the gongs, although they have been remarkably lenient in the past with regard to “special cases”.
    It is something that United have been quick to exploit, with Dion Dublin (1993), Ronny Johnsen (2000), Alan Smith (2007), Henrik Larsson (2007) and Federico Macheda (2009) among the lucky recipients. According to sources, the club would seek Neville’s permission before making an application.

    I will not post a link to the article because it goes on to spout some really racist sounding drivel about our Chicharito.

  19. steamdigit says:

    id admit that ive usually given him shit in the last couple of years – but ive always loved his committment and play and dedication through and through!

    one of our finest! way better than paul parker in my eyes! :)

    we’ll miss him – hopefully he hangs around long enough to teach the rest of our fullbacks crossing!

    on a separate note – can someone pls send a note to Sir Alex about Nuri Sahin? I think he will be perfect to replace scholes in the middle of the park – i rate him as good as fabregas!

  20. Marq says:

    The counter attack shown at 02:45 epitomized what Neville is all about. Already it was a 3 v 2 situation where United could easily score from, but he made up the full length of the field to join the attack. Full commitment in all circumstances. Stuff of Legends.

    Any chance we can find out how many assist Neville has compared to other rightbacks? I’m pretty sure he is right up there with the best in the world in terms of assist. Everyone talks about Beckham, but Neville also has a cross to die for.

  21. the scottish wonder says:

    he got better and bettar at crossing during his career..

    some great left footed crossen in there, just amazing

  22. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    Oh Nev. I hate all this nostalgia. Makes me sad.

  23. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    The best thing for a fan is to have a player in your team love your team to the same extent and same fanatical way that you do. And that’s something that we Manchester United fans have got to enjoy with the 3 legends we have in the club- Neville, Scholesy and Giggsy. Nev’s reactions during liverpool and city games are just epic, the same reaction that anyone of us fanatics would exactly do if we were there. He just can’t hide his feelings can he. LEGEND. Every part of the word LEGEND suits this man.I honestly hope Nev does a coaching job at United. He really has to continue being a part of us, i can’t imagine him doing anything else. If he has an idea of being a manager, it”ll be massive if he becomes ours, probably in about 10-20 years time, an awesome candidate along with Ole.

  24. TAO says:

    he’s the best :) )

  25. Ash says:

    Thank you for all the crooses and good moments Gary LEGEND Neville.Like everyone i am also sad but i am happy we have rafael who will be great for us like neville.
    We love you neville.

  26. FletchTHEMAN says:

    David May is a RED!!!
    MEN Claims he will host 35 Years without a trophy party !!!!!

    Sounds like a plan David!

  27. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    I still cannot believe that the time is coming when we will see Manchester United without Sir Alex patrolling the touchlines, without Giggsy on the left flank racing against defenders, without Scholes belting out those screaming passes and, of course, without Red Nev making those screaming 60 yard runs and delivering pin-perfect crosses. It is amazing that we’ve been seeing them for so many years that they are intertwined within our DNA. This is especially true for people like me who became fans during their run of success.

    Of course, it had to come at some point and the greatest thing about it is that they will stay on with the club in some capacity for sure, and Manchester United as a club will always move on to greater things because that is what we do. We Will Never Die!

  28. always a Red says:

    quite a bit of his crosses were met by scholesy there …great partnership for the two [explains the kiss ;) ] will be missed neville..

  29. Macheda the Messiah says:

    What a legend! Loved it when he came on vs Lyon two years ago – in the centre of the park. One of my favourite OT moments.

  30. Jeet says:

    @Balaji: I know what you mean…I swear I dont know what I am going to do the day Ryan Giggs calls it a day. Football won’t be the same for me anymore. Here’s wishing that the new crop can not only carry on the proud traditon of these legends, but also build their own lasting legacy.

  31. catotraa says:

    Now, I’m not critisising Rafaels crosses by any means, but it would not do him any harm to have a couple of sessions with Neville! Same goes for everyone, on second thoughts! There is no harm in learning to cross like Gary.

  32. SteniS says:

    Some excellent Gary Neville tributes popping up on YouTube:

    Legendary United Supporter – Gary Neville by johanceder:

    Gary Neville – LEGEND by aditya_reds:

  33. smartalex says:

    Gary Neville, master of getting his point across and a pinpoint cross.

  34. tryder91 says:

    it annoys me when people describe G.Nev as ‘not the most talented’. You cannot be untalented and deliver a ball as majestic as he did, all throughout his career, even near the end.
    G.Nev = Legend

  35. FletchTHEMAN says:


    Thanks for the links to those Gary Neville Videos. The first has absolutely piss music. Should actually come with a warning label. Depressing really.

    The Second is much better.

  36. omar23 says:

    any video of all GNEV’s celebrations?

  37. Dave Malaysia says:

    @FletchTHEMAN: Thanks for the guardian link. Quite a true read,everyday start a zero brilliant.

    What got me laughing was about taking courage pills have we harry!


    Man if he does punditry ,what a storm will he cook up!

  38. omar23 says:

    i meant “all” his celebration

  39. smartalex says:

    Soory omar23, I misread your request. I’m not awareof a compilation, but I’ll see what canbe done abot that. Keep an eye on the most current threads for a link in a day or two.


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