Goal of the Day: Gary Neville v Lyon
Background: The group stages of United’s 2004/05 Champions League campaign are remembered for a seminal debut in Reds history: Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick against Fenerbahce. Many will also remember Ruud van Nistelrooy plundering all four goals in a 4-1 victory over Sparta Prague. But let’s not let those stellar moments blind us to another moment in the goalscoring sun – a rare one for Gary Neville.
“We were about to take him off. His brother has a virus and Gary was complaining about the same symptoms. He said: 'Give me one more minute’… and then he scored.“ Ferguson reveals that the goal almost never happened.