Neville's enduring love for United's fans

Sunday 02 June 2024 12:00

Gary Neville believes Manchester United's worldwide support is like no other in football.

While we find it hard to disagree with our former captain as you, the supporters, are forever showing us love in so many different ways no matter the occasion, big or small.

Gary represented the Reds for 19 years in total before hanging up his boots back in 2011, serving as one of our most loyal servants, winning countless honours along the way.

Set to feature on our latest episode of the UTD Podcast, releasing tomorrow evening, the 49-year-old reflected on the never-ending support he always felt.

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"I think my relationship with the fans whilst I played at the club was like that," began the former United defender.

"And I mean like that because I never, ever at the end of any game didn’t go over to every single part of the ground, all the away fans, and clap them. Ever.

"That was win, lose, or draw. We had obviously had a lot of victories but if we lost a match I would be there and I never didn’t show up because I knew full well that I had been a United fan all my life, sat in K stand, and it was what I loved. You know what I mean? 

"I celebrated like a fan and I loved the club."
Winning eight Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League crowns, Neville will forever be remembered as one of our most decorated stars from the famous Class of '92.

It is that winning mentality and passion to be adored at Old Trafford that keeps the now Sky Sports pundit firmly in the mind of our fans when reflecting upon former players.

Despite our recent success, Gary admitted it is often tough to take that supporter cap off when working on TV and he has bared the brunt for criticising United in the past. 
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Coming soon: The Gary Neville podcast

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"When you leave the club and you’re working in the media you obviously then find yourself in difficult positions at times," Neville admitted. 

"Those difficult positions could be a really bad victory, 7-0 away at Anfield.

"It could be different moments during the last ten years, it could be just a normal game, run of the mill game where you basically find yourself being critical of the team. 

"Where they sack a manager or where a player leaves or where you find yourself actually talking about a player that maybe you used to play with."