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Throughout the '90s and beyond, one man above all continues to epitomise what it was to be 'Manchester United.' While everyone's blood bleeds red, Gary Neville's bleeds red, white and black, and if you cut him open, a devil aboard a three-mast schooner would surely ride the wave out.
While committing every fibre of his body to the club's cause, through good times and bad, 'Red Nev' was arguably also the finest right-back the country has ever produced.
United often profited from his seemingly telepathic understanding with fellow countryman, David Beckham, with the two moving and overlapping in tandem, both capable of producing telling balls into the box.
He motored up and down the right flank at Old Trafford so often that you'd think his footprints would be indelibly ground into the turf.
As both a player and captain, Neville was consistently superb. Adept at centre-half and right-back, the latter became his recognised position, and he performed with aplomb. His timing in the tackle was impeccable and his closing down and blocking of crosses was simply the most frustrating thing for a winger to face.
He chased and harried, never giving his man a moment's peace, but knew when to stand off when he thought he could be turned.
He was never the quickest, nor the strongest, but he compensated with his intelligence on the pitch: knowing when to get tight, when to drop off; knowing exactly where his man was and whether he was a current danger.
Although his incredible career was stained by injury in his last couple of seasons, the reception he received off the Old Trafford crowd on his comeback against AS Roma in the Champions League after 18 months out served to highlight his enduring popularity with the United faithful.
An almost Championship-winning roar erupted as he trotted out onto the pitch to take up a position in centre-midfield, and, due in part to his woeful goal-scoring record, every touch of the ball was echoed with booming cries of "Shoot!"
To this day, one of Manchester United's most recognisable, decorated, but ultimately talented defenders.
Manchester United career:
602 appearances, 7 goals.
Premier League (8): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2008–09
FA Cup (3): 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
Football League Cup (2): 2005–06, 2009–10
FA Community Shield (3): 1996, 1997, 2008
FA Youth Cup (1): 1991–92
UEFA Champions League (2): 1998–99, 2007–08
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008