23/12/2009 09:37, Report by Matt Nichols
Players of the Decade: #8
Gary Neville’s contribution to the decade may not have been as spectacular as that of some other players, but it was no less vital.
The ultra-reliable right-back has been there since the Reds’ very first match of the noughties against Necaxa in the World Club Championship.
He became United's first ever local-born club captain after Roy Keane's surprise departure in 2005, a natural choice given Nev's prominent leadership skills and no-nonsense attitude. Even at 34 he still motors up and down the touchline supporting the attack as if he was still in his mid-twenties.
He's won five league titles this decade, only missing out on a sixth in 2007/08 because of an injury that curtailed his entire campaign. His efforts earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year in both 2005 and 2007.
Gary has played over 350 times since 2000, and was first choice for England long into the decade. His contribution and commitment to the United cause cannot be overestimated.