Gary Neville is a Manchester United legend and was a crucial member of the side that went on to win a plethora of titles under Sir Alex Ferguson. This alone gives an indication of how important and efficient Neville was in carrying out his duties.
Not only is Neville a Man Utd legend, he is also considered as one of the greatest if not the greatest right backs in the Premier League and there isn’t anyone else who can boast his longevity or his success.
Technically, Neville didn’t have the attributes to be a top full back as he lacked pace – one of the most important attributes needed for a full back as they have to bomb up and down the flank. He wasn’t the strongest of players either, but his tactical awareness, intelligence, work-rate, professionalism and determination made him one of the best defensive full backs in the game.
In the modern day, Neville may not have achieved the same level of success with the full backs expected to be adept at going forward, but during his days, he was second to none. He was probably one of the least flamboyant players from England’s golden generation.Published 10 Apr 2016, 17:27 IST