Manchester United Old Boy Gary Neville Retires With Immediate Effect

Daniel GoochAnalyst IFebruary 3, 2011

Goodbye Gary!!!
Goodbye Gary!!!Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Gary Neville has decide to end his footballing career mid way through the season. He said he made his decision because it just "didn't feel right" to carry on until the end of the season.

The former United captain has called time on his 19 years in the Red Devil's senior team. In nearly two decades he won eight Premier League titles, two Champions League titles and three FA Cup winner medals.

Even with his experience and footballing brain, United boss Alex Ferguson, has only played him three times this season.

He believes that the best league in the world is caught up with him, and that staying till the end of the season would be pointless.

He told MUTV (Manchester United TV) that the idea was not just an over night thought.

"It's been a combination of events over the last couple of months and I've sort of known for the last few weeks.

"I've been speaking to the manager and obviously he said that you can't just go and do something like that so quickly.

"So I went away for a week and still came to the same conclusion that it was the right thing to do.

"I just felt that my time was up, so when your time's up, your time's up.

The eldest of the Neville brothers admitted that he will be working with the club in some way to honour the rest of his contract.

"I may be working with some of the younger players, but that'll be until the end of the season.

Gary Neville in a rare breed of footballer. He is know as a one club man. He has only ever played for United. There are not many players like him nowadays. This is why he is and always will be a favourite with the Old Trafford crowd.


Gary Neville In Numbers

18 February 1975 (1975-02-18) (age 35)

5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

United Career - 1992 to 2011 (1991 youth team)

7 goals in 602 appearances

85 England caps