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Rio Ferdinand launches passionate defence of Gary Neville after 'disrespectful' claim

Joe Adams

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Rio Ferdinand launches passionate defence of Gary Neville after 'disrespectful' claim

Rio Ferdinand has launched a passionate defence of former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville after a 'disrespectful' claim.

The pair shared a pitch for almost a decade, winning countless trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson and forming one of the greatest Premier League teams of all time.

And following the emergence of new attacking full-backs in recent years, Ferdinand has refused to let Neville's name become overshadowed by the likes of Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Ferdinand has often jumped to the corner of the Sky Sports pundit, previously shutting down claims that former Manchester City player defender Micah Richards was a better player.

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Ferdinand has once again been forced to defend Neville after he was goaded by podcast co-host Joel Joel Beya on Rio Ferdinand's Five YouTube channel.

Beya boldly suggested that Newcastle United right-back Trippier was a "better defender than Gary Neville ever was", before Ferdinand went on a fiery rant.

"Pardon? Get yourself out of here right now. Someone give him some water," the 45-year-old responded.

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"You didn't have a TV. You didn't see Match of The Day. Saint and Greavsie weren't in your house.

"You're talking about Gary Neville like he's a 'any man'. Bro, you are new-generationed off.

"I never ever, ever, ever once worried where Gary Neville was."

Ferdinand added: "This is is one of the hardest things for a defender, right? If the ball is on that side of the pitch with their winger or full-back, the biggest problem I've got is what's going to be over my shoulder.

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"I had the most comfortable moments in my career when one of the hardest positions to defend was going on because I had Gary Neville.

"Trent [alexander-Arnold] is Trent, Reece James is Reece James, Trippier is Trippier. They have other things that are better than Gary Neville.

"But what I wanted in my time, Gary Neville is unrivalled."

Featured Image Credit: Getty & Twitter @joelbeya

Topics: Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United, Football, Premier League, Kieran Trippier

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