Peter Crouch Reveals The 'Sickening Moment' That Gary Neville 'P****d Him Off More Than Any Other Player'
Peter Crouch has opened up about how Gary Neville 'p****d him off' with his celebration in Manchester United's 1-0 victory over Liverpool in 2006.
The Red Devils hosted the Reds at Old Trafford and United legend Rio Ferdinand grabbed a late winner when he headed home from a Ryan Giggs free-kick.
Ahead of United's clash with Liverpool on Sunday, Crouch recalled how it was a "sickening moment" to see Neville celebrate in front of Reds supporters.
The 38-year-old former striker wrote for the Daily Mail: "I knew Gary Neville was the Manchester United player Liverpool fans loved to hate and in that sickening moment -- in the 94th minute of a game at Old Trafford on Sunday, January 22, 2006 -- I understood why.
Gary Neville and his infamous badge-kissing in front of the away end after Rio Ferdinand's late winner against Liverpool back in January 2006.pic.twitter.com/xoHl7c0OVM
- RedMancunian (@RedMancunian) October 3, 2018
"Never before had an opposing player p****d me off so much with a celebration.
"I had been substituted and was sitting in the dugout, and from that angle, it felt like he was coming to rejoice in front of me.
"Here was my proper introduction to the biggest rivalry in English football, in what was my first season as a Liverpool player."
United legend Neville, 44, ran the length of the Old Trafford pitch to celebrate in front of the Liverpool fans and rub salt into their wounds.
The FA handed down a punishment to the Sky Sports pundit in the form of a £5,000 fine and a warning over his future conduct.
But Neville was furious with the FA's verdict and said he was "extremely disappointed with the decision."
He continued: "It's a poor decision, not just for me but for all footballers. And I ask the authorities: 'where is football being taken?'
"Being a robot, devoid of passion and spirit, is obviously the way forward for the modern-day footballer."
Ahead of the upcoming showdown, SPORTbible ranked current United and Liverpool players from 'World Class' to 'Terrible.'
And SPORTbible also ranked modern United and Liverpool legends from 'World Class' to 'Overrated.'
United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford for a 4:30pm UK kick-off time on Sunday.
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