RED NEV SHOULD PUT A FOOT IN IT
Man U motormouth billed biggest moaner
SO Gary Neville reckons that Chris Foy was “blatantly wrong” to claim, in his referee’s report, that he dismissed the Manchester United captain at Barnsley 10 days ago for making “no attempt to play the ball”.
Adam Hammill, the unfortunate Barnsley winger on the receiving end of Neville’s challenge, might beg to differ. Indeed, even Sir Alex Ferguson could not find fault with Foy’s decision to issue the red card.
Neville earned himself a threematch ban for the challenge on the former Liverpool youngster which, considering that he is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford with the likes of Rafael da Silva, Wes Brown and John O’Shea battling it out for the right-back spot, might lead to an unhelpfully lengthy spell out of the team should any of his replacements impress in his absence. So it is not difficult to grasp Neville’s frustration, no matter how myopic it may seem.
The problem with Neville, though, is that he is in danger of being forever regarded as football’s biggest moaner when his CV suggests he should actually be remembered as one of the greats.
Go to the official Manchester United website and there is a “Legends” section which profiles over 100 years of great players at Old Trafford. Neville sits in fifth position in terms of overall appearances on 576.
He has won the lot at United, barring the Uefa Cup, which is hardly likely to keep him awake at night, and he could add another medal or two to his collection this season.
His England career may have stalled due to two years’ worth of injuries, but he has won nearly 90 caps and, in his prime, was unrivalled on the right side of the defence for his country.
But ask even the staunchest United supporter about Neville and the warmth and affection they have for Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes tends not to extend towards “Red Nev”.
Sure, they love his open hostility towards Liverpool, but there is a sense that his rebel persona is little more than a mask for a kid from a nice family in Bury.
When Roy Keane snarled, it was genuine. With Neville, it’s not quite so scary and believable.
The clock is ticking on Neville’s United career. He will be 35 in the New Year and it might be time for him to start thinking of his legacy and just how he will be remembered at Old Trafford.
So why allow a glittering career to be overshadowed by moans and gripes and badge-kissing celebrations in front of Liverpool and Manchester City fans? – The Telegraph
A LOT TO SAY: Manchester United’s legendary Gary Neville.