After the bizarre pub-or-match vote, Phil was shocked to find out that he would be starting the game.
“The boss came back [from the pitch inspection] and he went: ‘Schmeichel in goal, Denis right-back, Bruce, Pallister, Phil Neville, left-back.’
“Well, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What the hell is going on here? I’m playing!’
“So we went to the game, and it’s the only game in my career I don’t remember anything about. I just remember we won the game 3-0, I think, and I got subbed about 70 minutes. I was absolutely shattered. And that’s the only thing I remember about the game – just walking off after 70 minutes.
“The boss put his arm round me, and Kiddo gave me a hug. That’s the only thing I remember: the vote before the game in the Copthorne about whether to go to an Irish pub or to play a game against Manchester City, and then obviously coming off.”