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29/03/2010 08:49, Report by Matt Nichols
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Nev enjoys winning return

Gary Neville is revelling in his return to regular first-team football with United as the Reds chase glory in the Barclays Premier League and Champions League.

Saturday’s 4-0 win at Bolton was the United skipper’s fourth appearance in a row, and after such a torrid time with injuries over the last couple of years, he is delighted to be playing regularly again. He will enjoy it even more, of course, if he helps the Reds win the silverware that's still up for grabs.

“I’m really enjoying playing," Neville told MUTV. "With Wes Brown being out, I’ve got my chance and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s an important part of the season and hopefully I can continue to play and we can continue to win.”

The back four stood up to a vigorous aerial battle at the Reebok and held firm to keep a clean sheet. The captain thought the performance of the centre backs in particular was the key to the champions’ victory.

“It was a battle,” Neville said. “We had to withstand heavy pressure, particularly in the five minutes before half time.

“They put extreme pressure on us with their balls into the box and their set pieces but our centre backs headed the ball out all day and did an excellent job for us. Nemanja Vidic was outstanding, Jonny Evans did really well too. In the second half we got the goals that made it look more comfortable in the end but it was a real battle.”

Two of the goals were scored by Dimitar Berbatov, who operated as the furthest man forward in the absence of Wayne Rooney.

The Bulgarian's efforts were appreciated by his skipper, who said: "Berba has shown fantastic determination, up there on his own. When Wayne hasn’t

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