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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