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      08.11.2001 22:31
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      It’s been one of the more regular of sights on a football pitch this last five years or so: Gary Neville, Mr Face Like A Smacked Ass, stood with his arm raised, appealing aggressively for an offside position, with everybody else in the stadium knowing that the wretch has played everyone in sight onside by a country mile. You see, Neville’s ability to see in straight lines and tell where he is in relation to the rest of his defensive colleagues is notoriously flawed and I’ve lost count of the number of times where the rest of the back four has moved up in a line to catch the attacker offside while our Gaz has been lagging behind, more interested in getting his hand up than getting his body past the line. Unfortunately, referees on the whole give the benefit of the doubt to the attacker so Gaz has generally managed to get away with it, but on those occasions when he’s been found wanting, he’s been the most sour faced footballer on this planet. Dubbed Dumb and Dumber with his brother Phil by the crueller members of the English football Press after the last European Championships, Neville has had to put up with a fair degree of mickey taking in his time, but it’s difficult to make excuses for him. He plays the offside trap so appallingly badly, and looks so amazingly hurt when the decision does go against him, that sympathy is just out of the question. Now that’s not to say that Gaz is a bad player, at least not when you measure him alongside his uglier younger brother, it’s just that he makes a rod for his own back, really, with his inability to see how intensely foolish he looks dragging his heels behind his more adroit Old Trafford colleagues. Having said all that of course, Gaz does have a lot of things going for him and you don’t get to be first choice right back for England and Manchester United without a bit of talent. When he is on song, he’s very, very good indeed
      and Neville has established an excellent understanding on the right flank for both club and country with David Beckham which brings a real threat to the opposition down that flank. Neville normally overlaps past Beckham and depending on the action of the defender that normally gives one of them the space to fire in a telling cross. Beckham gets the attention most of the time, but undoubtedly it’s the support of Neville which helps Becks look so good. Gary Alexander Neville was born in Bury in 1975 and signed for United straight from school. He captained the United youth side and led them to the FA Youth Cup in 1992. He made his senior debut in the UEFA Cup in September 1992, and became a United regular in 1994-95, making such progress that he broke into the England side at the end of the season, making his debut against Japan. He possesses a long throw and although he usually plays at right back has played several times at the centre of defence for United when circumstances have demanded. Although, he has enjoyed years of unbroken success with United, he has also suffered many setbacks and been subject to intense criticism, most notably when he was found out a couple of times during United’s ill starred attempt to win the World Club Championship in the early part of 2000. He was caught out a couple of times by players getting in behind him and suffered a wretched time, along with his colleagues. Bet they wish they’d opted for the FA Cup instead. United fans are very supportive of Neville, although they considered his younger brother the better prospect when they both broke through. The European Championships, however. Knocked Phil’s confidence and he has faded very much into the background these days at Old Trafford, while Gary is one of the mainstays of the United side. He does not get many of the headlines at the club, with his bigger name colleagues hogging the attention, but Neville quietly get
      s on with things in the background, solidly playing his part, although he has been part of the United rearguard that has been pilloried all season for their lack of resilience. Opposing fans on the other side give Gaz the bird at every opportunity and just love it when that Neville right arm goes up, but a fleet footed forward nips neatly inside him to apply the finishing touch and the Neville frown just gets deeper and deeper.

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        11.10.2001 05:03
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        Gary Neville. One of the easy targets for criticism in recent times from opposing and even England fans. Firstly he plays for the ultra-hated Man United (my team) and of course he is prone to the odd error. This means that he and his brother Phil take a lot of stick, but in the last year Gary has matured into a much better player and is now starting to shut the critics up. Neville first came into the United team back in 1995 when they realised David may was as effective at right back as Ghandi would be. Neville started to display some solid tackling and provided a useful overlap on the right behind Andrei Kanchelskis. Since then he has gained experience as a player, winning Premiership titles, FA Cups and the Champions League with United. Gary had become one of the better right backs in Europe, but fate was to deal him a hard blow. His 1999-2000 season saw him go from bad to worse in his form, despite finally scoring the odd goal, his mistakes (particularly in Rio in the World Championship) were to see him branded as a poor player and that stuck for a while. Of course as is, what affects one brother affects the other and as Gary?s form declined so to did that of Phil. At Euro 2000 Phil became a figure for hatred himself when his poor tackle cost England a penalty and ultimately a place in the knockout stages. So the Nevilles became a target for the boo boys, both at club and international level. They have received stick both fair and unfair, but recently Gary has started to look like the player we all know he can be. His defending in terms of heading and tackling is right spot on again, and he is developing into more of a leader figure, however there is one major flaw in his game that he needs to sort out ASAP. Offside, if there is even a question of offside then Gary will stop dead, raise his arm and yell. It has cost United dearly over the last few years, I don?t mind the appeal but he needs to keep running bac
        k, he also suffers in a team playing a deliberate offside trap. As we saw recently Greece scored against England as Gary had held back, but in another game he ran out but the other defenders stayed, leaving his man to score. If he sorts this out he will be a solid defender but I will get very upset with him if he keeps it up.

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          28.09.2001 05:27
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          As a United fan I find it hard to believe how Gary Neville gets into the Manchester United team, let alone England. It seems to me that he is no more than an average run of the mill first division player and a jumped up little boy who needs a good slap. Time after time he can be seen in the United back four with his arm raised for offside, when he is actually playing the opposition well onside. Take the game against Deportivo. The other 3 defenders come charging out only for the oppositions forward to waltz through and equalize. Who has played him onside and has his arm raise, you guessed it Gary 'Go sign for someone else' Neville. I really do hope that Ferguson will come to his senses and ofload what I would call a real liability in what could be one of the best United teams of all time.

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            12.05.2001 17:37
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            Gary Neville – Gary Neville is probably, in my opinion, one of the best right backs in the premiership at the moment. Although he has not got much speed, e is an intelligent thinker and he knows what he is doing. He can also play in the centre of defence and he had to do this earlier this season when Jaap Stam was out injured. Neville played very well there and was even man-of-the-match for a few of the games while playing in that position. Another good thing about Gary Neville is the fact that he is around the age of 25 and so he has still got quite a few years left for playing top level football and so England will definitely have a good right back for many years to come. Gary Neville will, in my opinion, leave Man United within the next few years because he has been said to be not good enough when it come to playing in the Champions League.

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              27.01.2001 20:17
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              With Ronny Johnson not fit to play and a lack of any other quality centre back, United were almost forced to play Gary Neville alongside big Jaap. He hasn't looked out of position though and has handled the task in hand very well. There is no doubting his commitment - he could go to any club in Britain for more money and play every game unquestioned - but he is determined to stay with the best and battle week in week out. He has looked extremely competent and has dealt with some of the best strikers in the Premiership and in Europe. He has been awarded the man of the match in many of the away games I hear on the radio and always looks full of confidence and fully capable at Old Trafford. He also takes a lot of criticism, like many of the United team, with out doing that much wrong. He is used as the scape goat when England fail because most of the fans hate Man U. He's coped well for club and I think country also, we'll see if he can keep his place in the centre but if not I'm more than happy to see him on the right. He interacts excellently with Beckham as they know each others game, and his crossing ability has come on a lot in recent times.

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                19.12.2000 19:14
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                There are not many players around who get as much stick and abuse as Gary Neville and yet there are not many players who have achieved so much in such a young career. A lot of the aduse he receives is unfair. He performs week in and week out for Manchester United and whenever called upon by England. Yes, he did make two stupid mistakes in Brazil last year but only in the one game and they only stood out so obviously because he doesn't make them very often. Gary Neville is not a flash player - he isn't full to tricks and flicks but he is solid and honest. He gives his best everytime he plays - whether for United or England. And in my view if Alex Ferguson thinks he's good enough (and remember he is in the United team even when players like Beckham and Giggs are rested) then he is good enough. Nobody is in a better possition to know how good he is than Ferguson and nobody is more qualified to judge.

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                  18.12.2000 01:15
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                  Gary Neville has been a regular in the Manchester United team over the past three or more years. He started off well but recently within the past season he has turned in some poor performances and has risked his international and club place. Gary can play at right back or centre back. On his day he is one of England's most reliable players but recently he has lacked confidence and doesn't seem to concentrate at key moments. His performance in the World Club Championships was terrible and he was responsible for a few of the goals. Another part of his game which lets him down is his lack of goals. Neville has not scored many through his career. There is not doubting that Gary Neville is one of the best defenders in England. He has so much experience with Club and Country. Lets just hope it is a bad spell that he is going through and that it will end soon!

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                    17.11.2000 01:36
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                    I was pleased for Gary Neville last night against Italy, he had a good game. The Neville Brother have come in for a lot of stick this year especially in Euro 2000. But, it was pleasing to see Gary play well. He’s still young and if he plays well can play consistently for England in defence. He was blamed for some defensive mistakes in Euro 2000 but he seems to be playing well now and I think he should be a regular. He’s versatile and can play at Right back or in centre of defence. He’s got loads of European experience with Manchester United and has done well. I do think that he’s a good player, ok he had a poor Euro 2000 but so did the rest of the England team. He seems so mature and level headed for a player that is so young. For Manchester United he’s been a rock at the back for several years now, he can play with either Stamp or Johnson. He doesn’t get as forward as he should but when he does he can cross a great ball. The other thing is that if he plays at right back and Bekham in midfield then the Manchester United connection can work well for England. They seem to have a good understanding.

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                    02.11.2000 23:19
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                    Gary Neville is another quality defender for Man Utd (they have so many!!!...not) and just like his brother can play both central or right defence. He is however, more comfortable in centre defence, and could form a great partnership with Jaap Stam for Man Utd, Playing for Man Utd in Europe has made him a better player, and he has a Champion's League Medal to show for it. He is a star player for Man Utd in the future, if he cuts out the errors that he is well known for. If he continues at this rate then he will become a truly magnificant player.

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                    09.10.2000 00:53
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                    Gary Neville's attitude epitimises what all footballers should try to achieve. Even if he wasn't such a great player, i would have to admire him for the way he beahves. His passion for United is as great as any of the fans. He has no desire to do anythign but play for United. He doesn't even have an agent, since he doens't need any more than the £10,000 a week he is getting, and he has no intention of moving. When he retires, Gary would make a great youth team coah, ensuring that the next generation of United players don't turn into the spoilt little brats that Davis O'learly has created at Leeds. On the ptich he is just as impressive. This season, he has been by far and away the bext player in the United defence, his last few performances being outstanding. He is quick, good in the air, strong, a good tackler, and effective going forward woth Beckham down the right. He is versatile, being effecttive as right-back, wing-back and in the centre. He will also make a wonderful United captain when Keane is gone. Although he is more effective agaisnt quick, skillful foreign strikers than lumbering English donkey's like Heskey and Shearer, he has established himself as a regular member of United's side. Gary is a true club player, putting the needs of the team above anything. Although playing for England is an honour, his heart is always in Manchester. Although its nice to watch exciting foreign players, you only win championships with loyalty, committment and determination, attributes whcih Gary has in abundance.

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                      10.09.2000 15:35
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                      I, think that Gary Neville has lost his form somewhat in recent matches. He did not play well in euro 2000 and was blamed for a few of the goals. But, since he sustained a niggling injury last season he has not been the same player. I, think he has lost a bit of confidence, and a few solid performances with Manchester United will help him a great deal. Other than that, Gary Neville has been a consistent player, and has had a regualar place in the team. The year United won the trebble, Neville was outstanding, he played in most of United's games. I, think once Neville has abit more confidence he will be back to his best. But, I do worry about his England future he seems to be looking very ordinary. However, Neville will be one best United defenders for many years to come. He his solid in right-back, or in central defence and can easily do the job in the defence. Alex Ferguson rates him very highly, and he has been at the club for many years. A good player who will get better, but at the moment low in confidence.

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                      05.09.2000 04:17
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                      I think, Gary Neville came back from Euro 2000 with no good points, he played badly, and was at fault for a few of the goals, but I still think Gary Neville can bounce back, he has been an England regular for a long-time now, and has that experience you need, at international level. He plays well for United and is still young and will learn and come back better and stronger ,he should play for England,if he his worth his place. Sometimes playing badly in an tournament can make a player into a better player, and that may be the case with Gary Neville. He plays regularly for Manchester United which should benefit him to eliminate any weakness which he may have. He has won so many honours with United and has been at the club for a long time, and this can only help as united are regularly in European competitions, hence the experience a player like Neville must get from these games is invaluable.And this can only help the National squad. With the up and coming world cup qualifiers, I will expect Neville to play, as he is a solid player if played in the right position. However I think that if he is played out of position, he may not as well play as this is when he plays badly for England. He has youth on his side and being at one of the top clubs in Europe can only help a player. He has all the attributes to play for England for a long time if he improves on his game, especially his weaknesses. Having won so many honours with Manchester United he has it all to with England

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                      09.08.2000 23:08

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                      gary nev is an extremly good defender. Him and david beckham form a great duop on the right hand side for man utd. He can ran he can pass and maybe once a season score. Altough last season he didn't play that great the treble winning season he was superb. He has made a few mistakes but he doesn't let him get him down and he keeps playing but even better. I'm a man utd fan but he a 1st class right back for both club and country. In a couple of years he will be at his best!!

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                      09.08.2000 05:02
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                      People chastise this man, calling him cr*p, dirty, lazy, a cheat etc. But, if you ask me, I think this player is almost a carbon copy of an Italian, Spanish, Argentinian etc type defender. Yes he will exagerate, he will bend the rules, argue etc, but is this not what is seen week in week out on the continent? His link up play with David Beckham is second to none, and alone he is quite good going forward also, with a great cross on him. My advice to him, is to move abroad, for he will certainly fit into the italian game or tyhe spanish etc.

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