Class of '92: Gary Neville
Born: 18 February 1975, Bury
Signed trainee: 8 July 1991
Youth Cup debut: 27 Nov 1991 v Sunderland
First-team debut: 16 Sep '92 v Torpedo Moscow
Signed professional: 23 January 1993
First senior goal: 5 May 1997 v Middlesbrough
Appearances / goals: 566 (36) / 7
Left United: 2011 (retired)
"I'll be amazed if Gary Neville does not make an absolutely top player, though I want him to get a bit bigger and stronger." – Bryan Robson, 1993
Our look at the famous ‘Class of ‘92’ graduates continues with a player who went on to become a defensive stalwart for the Reds for almost two decades…
Gary Neville was a midfielder when he joined United as a schoolboy in 1986, but was later moved into defence by coach Eric Harrison. It proved a masterstroke.
The Bury-born player’s leadership qualities were clear from an early age and he captained the young Reds as an ever-present in the victorious 1991/92 Youth Cup run. It wasn’t long before his defensive ability and uncompromising attitude were recognised by Sir Alex, who gave him a first-team debut in the UEFA Cup in September 1992.
The lifelong Red established himself at right-back in the 1994/95 campaign and made the position his own for the next 15 years, becoming captain when Roy Keane left in 2005.
Nev’s heart-on-the-sleeve style was adored by United fans. When he finally called time on his career in 2011, he’d made it into the top five of the Reds’ all-time appearance-makers and boasted a medal collection unsurpassed by anyone except Ryan Giggs.