Gary Neville quits football after 20 years at Manchester United
The 35-year-old Manchester United defender calls time on a playing career spent entirely at Old Trafford
Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has announced his retirement from football with immediate effect.
The 35-year-old defender, who made over 600 appearances for United during his 20-year career at Old Trafford, has not played since the Red Devils’ victory at West Brom in early January.
“I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I’ve ever had,” he said. “Obviously I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end, however it comes to us all, and it’s knowing when that time is and for me that time is now.
“I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world as well as against them and I have been lucky to be a part of the team’s achievements and the club’s great success.
“There are so many people I want to thank and of course top of that list is Sir Alex Ferguson. He has given me so many opportunities and countless support over the last 20 years, he is truly one of the greatest managers and I have to thank him for that.
“There have also been so many great players that I have had the privilege to train and play along side. The experiences we’ve shared will be with me for the rest of my life.
“Also all the coaches I have played under from youth level right through to now, who have guided me through my playing days. And finally, the fans, who have always shown me unbelievable support, they know how special they are to me and this club.
“I am looking forward to new experiences and the club will always be a part of my life going forward however the most important thing now is for the club to continue with the success that is synonymous with Manchester United and I will be supporting them all the way, as a fan.”
Neville, who had signed a one-year contract with United in April 2010, won 85 caps with England and played in two World Cups.