Gary Neville is a red, is a red, is a red.
Gary Neville is a red, he hates scousers!
Den rødeste av de røde har altså bestemt seg for å legge opp. I følge alltid pålitelige Dagbladet, fordi han ikke fikk plass i Champions League troppen. Etter 602 kamper er karrieren til det selv Arsene Wenger må innrømme er den beste høyrebacken i Premier Leagues historie over.
Det er sagt mye om Gary, men ingen andre har kommentert det faktumet at han var en pålitelig målscorer. 602 kamper og 7 mål. Hver gang han rundet 100 kamper kom det et mål, sånn i snitt. Pålitelig som et sveitsisk kvalitetsur.
I en tidsalder der de fleste spillere ikke hadde kjent igjen lojalitet hvis de hadde fått det servert av 10 strippere, er det beundringsverdig at Gary, som de siste årene har slitt med skader og form og ikke har vært førstevalg, aldri kunne tenke seg å spille for noen andre.
Red Nev fikk mye ufortjent kritikk for denne feiringen:
Jeg synes jo selvfølgelig at dette er akkurat slik vi ønsker våre fotballspillere skal oppføre seg. De SKAL ønske å slå fiendene våre. De SKAL feire.
I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I’ve ever had. Obviously I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end, however it comes to us all, and it’s knowing when that time is and for me that time is now. I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world as well as against them and I have been lucky to have been part of the team’s achievements and the club’s great success. There are so many people I want to thank and, of course, top of that list is Sir Alex. He has given me so many opportunities and countless support over the last 20 years – he is truly one of the greatest managers – and I have to thank him for that. There have also been so many great players that I have had the privilege to train and play alongside. The experiences we’ve shared will be with me for the rest of my life. Also, I’d like to thank all the coaches I have played under from youth level right through to now, who have guided me through my playing days. And finally, the fans, who have always shown me unbelievable support. They know how special they are to me and this club. I am looking forward to new experiences and the club will always be a part of my life going forward. However, the most important thing now is for the club to continue with the success that is synonymous with Manchester United and I will be supporting them all the way, as a fan.