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"Typical!" Sir Alex Ferguson's response to Gary Neville asking to leave Man Utd


Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville have reflected on when the defender suggested he should leave Manchester United towards the end of his career.

Neville came through the academy at United and spent his whole career at the club, playing in the senior team for nearly 20 years before eventually retiring in 2011.

But there was a point where the now-pundit felt he should move on because his performances were not up to scratch.

Ferguson and Neville discussed this during an interview on Sky Sports ahead of United’s clash with Fulham on Tuesday.



Gary Neville played under Sir Alex Ferguson for nearly 20 years
Gary Neville played under Sir Alex Ferguson for nearly 20 years

And Neville started by saying: “You kept me for three or four years at the end and I wasn’t doing particularly great. Even at the end I had to say I’m leaving because you weren’t getting rid of me then.

“I remember going to you and saying ‘boss, I’m done’. I was making mistakes. You said: ‘Typical emotional Neville. Go away have a think about it’.

“But even then you wanted me to have another year. I’m thinking why did you keep these players who weren’t necessarily performing for you, like I wasn’t at the end, or weren’t the most talented, but they were winning. How did you make them win?”

Ferguson replied: “I think through Eric Harrison and myself, I think we brought players [through] who developed a good mental strength. The toughness that they could play in front of 75,000.

“We used to say it to their parents, your mother and father: ‘I hope Gary and Phil play in front of 75,000’. That’s the aim. They don’t all make it but the amazing thing is a lot of those players are still playing today for different clubs.



Neville won eight Premier League titles despite arguably being not the most talented player
Neville won eight Premier League titles despite arguably being not the most talented player

“The preparation and education you built up at United was really important. On the subject of great players and the hard working players. This is something I thought an awful lot about the Bryan Robsons and Steve Bruces and yourself.

“There’s something inside them that drove them to be as good as the Scholes and the Giggs and the Cantonas and the Ronaldos and the Rooneys. There’s something inside them that drives them on. It forces them to put everything they can in a game. So the effort, I was fortunate to see that develop.”

Ferguson also name-dropped a number of other United cult heroes from the past.

He added: “Darren Fletcher was a great example. Steve Bruce was a great example. Yourself was a great example. You started as a centre-half and realised quickly the only way you weren’t going to be a centre-half in our first team. So you developed yourself into a right-back. That was your self determination and the fire inside you that made the Robsons and Keanes and Bruces competitive players.



Neville and Ferguson discussed a number of topics in an inteview broadcast on Sky Sports
Neville and Ferguson discussed a number of topics in an inteview broadcast on Sky Sports

“The players who are so talented like Ronaldo and Cantona and Giggs and Scholes and Carrick, they have to prove they are as hard working as you and the other lads. And that’s what gets the blend.

“I think in most cases the teams that were built had these ingredients. They didn’t like losing. They were developed into that.

“I wanted to see myself in the players and of course when I lost a game you know how I reacted. You know why? Because my expectation was bigger than theirs. I wanted to win every trophy. I wanted that attitude every Saturday morning before every game.”





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