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Gary Neville doesn't pick himself in his Manchester United XI

Ryan Sidle

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Gary Neville doesn't pick himself in his Manchester United XI

Gary Neville has picked his Manchester United XI and the Sky Sports pundit hasn't chosen himself in the right-back position.

One of those shocking time realisations about your age is knowing that Neville has been doing punditry for nearly 12 years, first joining at the start of the 2011/12 season.

In that time, the former United star has had his fair share of criticism and dolled just as much of it out himself, especially when it comes to the Glazers ownership of United.

Recently the 48-year-old has been particularly annoyed by the Americans' delay in selling the club, as they continue to delay naming a preferred bidder.



With over a decade of chatting about football under his belt, along with the briefest of hiatuses to manage Valencia, it's easy to forget just how good a full back Neville was.

He played for 19 seasons at Old Trafford, winning several trophy cabinets worth of silverware for United, and is considered one of the league's best of all time in his position.

Of course in such a good side he also played alongside many of the greats too, and that's why he was able to leave himself out of his United XI.


Instead the former England star will have delighted colleague Roy Keane by picking Dennis Irwin at right back, Keane's favourite footballer.

Neville explained he went with Peter Schmeichel over Edwin van der Sar due to the Dane redefining goalkeeping with his ability to play out from the back.

It is now a defining feature of any of the top keepers in the world, and something that David de Gea is being heavily criticised for at the moment.


Irwin, according to his former teammate, is the 'best full back I've ever seen,' with Evra making up the two best full backs Neville played with.

The defender struggled to decide his centre back pairing but went with the partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, ahead of other possibilities.

Again his praise for the midfielder quartet of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and David Beckham is that they're the best midfield quartet of all time.

Finally, uptop he decided on Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney for their partnership in winning multiple league titles and the 2008 Champions League.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Gary Neville, Manchester United, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Premier League, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney

Ryan Sidle
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