“Longevity was my greatest achievement as a player. To stay at United for 20 years while the club was winning everything and competition for places was fierce.”
Since joining Manchester United aged 14 and becoming part of United’s famous Class of ‘92 alongside Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, and his brother Phil, Gary became one of the most decorated British footballers of all time.
After making his first team debut in 1992 in Moscow, Gary racked up 602 United appearances – the fifth highest in the history of the club. Gary captained the team he’d grown up supporting for five years during one of the most successful times in United’s history.
Gary’s honours include eight Premier League titles, two Champions League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and twice world champions.
Though not always a favourite of rival fans as the embodiment of United’s relentless winning mentality and never say die attitude, he has received plenty of praise from even United’s greatest foes.
“Neville was the best English right back,” opined Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “If you look at his record, he has won absolutely everything and the number of games he has played, he is without a doubt the best.”
A one club man, Gary proudly represented his country 85 times before retiring in 2011 as England’s most-capped right-back. He completed all his football coaching badges and went on to coach England under manager Roy Hodgson between 2012-2016 and Valencia during 2015-16.