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24/03/2013 09:00, Report by Paul Davies

Great captains: Neville

What makes a great United captain? It's a question Manchester United Soccer Schools are asking in their Take the Lead campaign and we thought we’d try to answer it. United Review editor Paul Davies discusses Gary Neville's strengths as a skipper...

What made him a great captain? There’s rarely been a more obvious fit. Gary Neville didn’t need to wear the skipper’s armband to be a leader; it was the only way he could play. His spell as captain may have been interrupted by injury, but his organisation at the back, constant cajoling of team-mates and penchant for cheerleading goal celebrations were all characteristics of his game long before he first led the team out. Wearing the armband was merely recognition.

Most memorable moment? He dreamed of lifting a trophy as captain of Manchester United, and realised it at the Millennium Stadium in February 2006. Raising the Carling Cup (after beating Wigan 4-0) was not the pinnacle of his career, but still a huge moment for him and the Reds – launching another glory-laden period.

Find out more about the Manchester United Soccer Schools Take the Lead campaign at manutdsoccerschools.com/takethelead.

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