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Gary Neville Recalls What Happened When He Told Sir Alex Ferguson To "F**k Off"

Gary Neville Recalls What Happened When He Told Sir Alex Ferguson To "F**k Off"

Sir Alex Ferguson ruled Old Trafford for over 20 years with a stern look and an iron fist.

There weren't many players who crossed the boss but in a brilliant interview, Gary Neville has revealed he was one of those players who somehow lived to tell the tale.

There's no doubt that Fergie is the greatest manager in Premier League history and his no-nonsense approach certainly helped him throughout his established career.


Sir Alex's methods worked, even if some didn't like it. Clashes with players often led to them being sold or worse...having a football boot kicked at them.

Roy Keane's outburst against his teammates on MUTV after a defeat to Middlesbrough in 2005 was the final straw for Fergie, meanwhile Gary Neville told Fergie to 'F off' not once but twice.

If you haven't seen this interview, we highly reccomend you give it a watch:


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In the above clip, Neville recalls:

"The biggest telling off that I ever got [from Ferguson] was telling him to 'f*** off" at the end of a game in Lille. He fined me a week's wages and battered me after the match.

"I did it again the day after in his office and then he basically proceeded to leave me out for the next two weeks. He put me on the bench.

"I spent the next 15 minutes of the match [against Lille] thinking, 'I'm done, I'm done, I'm done'."


Neville got away very lightly from the incident in the long run. The likes of Paul Ince, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy, on the other hand, all lost their places in Fergie's team because of various fallouts.

The former defender turned Sky TV pundit went on to spend his entire playing career at United, and was part of the infamous class of 92.

Neville played over 600 times for United, won eight league titles and told Fergie to 'F off' twice...which is two more times than most.

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Gary Neville

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.