Gary Neville Has 14 Tips For Manchester United Academy Players

Gary Neville knows what it takes to come through the Manchester United academy and go all the way to the top.

One of the members of the iconic 'Class of 92', along with brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, Neville won a total of 20 trophies, including eight Premier League titles in his career

Image: PA
Image: PA

He'll admit himself that he wasn't the best technically but through sheer hard work and a desire to be the best, Neville reached a point where he is widely viewed as the best right-back to play in the Premier League.

And it with that being said, Neville's words of wisdom are still encouraging United's stars of tomorrow.

When the youngsters make their way to the academy entrance, they are greeted by a note containing 14 points of advice from Neville. It covers the smallest of details and it's really fascinating stuff.

Here are the tips in full:

1. Choose who you follow.

2. Give 100 per cent all the time. You have never arrived at Manchester United so you must maintain a high standard all the time, every day.

3. Always remember why you began to play football - you loved it for its own sake and not as a means to get money, fame, girls, cars etc.

4. Ownership and responsibility - take care of your own affairs thus learning to do things for yourself, and not relying on others to do things for you: bank accounts, passports and so on. Make your own decisions!

5. Analyse and assess your own performance - be your own coach.

6. Have a strong work ethic - work harder than anyone else and you'll overtake players with far more talent than you have.

7. Give the profession all that you have got, and you'll have no regrets.

8. You have to have character and personality to play for Manchester United which you can develop over time.

9. Be a risk taker because it is a different kind of leadership.

10. Success and failure are two sides of the same coin, and you have to deal emotionally with both experiences. Remember that if you win or lose you can still have that Chinese on a Saturday night - keep things in perspective.

11. Learn more about yourself and what works for you.

12. Don't leave anything to chance.

13. There are different routes to reach the top and very few players go 'route one' - like [Ryan] Giggs or [Wayne] Rooney. The challenge for you is to find the right pathway because we're all different.

14. The ability to deal/cope with injuries is vital and should be approached with a strong mentality. See injury as an opportunity to develop body strength, and 'reset' your mind (refresh) for the various challenges ahead.

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

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