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29/12/2008 09:29, Report by A Bostock, N Coppack

Nev: Let's end '08 on a high

When the clock strikes midnight on Wednesday, every United fan around the world will usher in the new year hoping it's as every bit as good as the old one.

The players are no different, even those whose active part in an epic 12 months may have been limited by injuries. Gary Neville was one such person, but he looks forward and back on both counts - as a player and as a passionate supporter.

"If you win the European Cup then it’s always a memorable year," Gary told MUTV.

"Moments like that don’t happen very often. The fans who went to Moscow will remember it for the rest of their lives and will have lots of stories to tell. Hopefully we can experience more moments like that, and quickly, because this club deserves to win these competitions. It's really important that we’re winning trophies again come May."

United's involvement in three domestic competitions during January 2009 means there will be little time to look back on 2008 before the European Cup campaign resumes in February. Gary, of course, would not have it any other way.

"We're having to play our second game on Monday in the space of a few days but we’re confident we have the squad to deal with those demands," says Gary.

"Everyone’s looking forward to the match against Middlesbrough. They will make it difficult for us - we’re in the Premier League and you don’t expect anyone to roll over.

"But after one of the best years ever – we’re English, European and now world champions - we hope to give our fans more to cheer about by winning against Middlesbrough."

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