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The Sad Decline Of Gary Neville

Unfortunately, it looks like Gary Neville is steadily getting worse... I know that fans of opposing sides are rubbing their hands gleefully now but for us it's sad to see a true Red in such a decline.

For Gary Neville's been one of the best right-backs of the world for a long time: a player whose workrate, positional sense and crossing lifted him out of the ordinary. He was a reliable point of world-class Manchester United teams for over a decade.

But it increasingly looks like that the 2006/07 season represented his last flourish (same with Paul Scholes: the Ginger Ninja hasn't been anywhere near the performance of that campaign ever since) and now it's decline only. His injury, sustained against Bolton in March 2007, had been expected to need two weeks to heal. Yet he eventually returned in April 2008, for ten minutes against Roma in the Champions League quarter-final.

This season has seen him playing more often but it's rather painful. For every good performance (most remarkably against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge and at Old Trafford too) there are at least two wretched ones (Arsenal, Villa and now Sunderland). He lost his pace, can't keep up with younger, fresher legs any more his aerial prowess has disappeared as well.

The contrast between his feeble displays and Brown's consistently outstanding performances of last seeason is all too sharp and there's still the young pretender Rafael who looks like everything and some more that Gary Neville ever was.

At Sunderland it was once again painfully apparent that the days of the old fighter are numbered and that the end of his career is nigh. He just couldn't live with them even though for some reason they hardly targeted that flank but placed almost every hope in getting around John O'Shea which proved to be a rather easy task as Big John looks dead on his feet - nobody played more games than him in the United squad!

But I digress. The fact is that it looks like Gary Neville is past it. And it's all the more painful as it's clear that he's deeply troubled by his own failings: he's painfully up for every game, every minute, every tackle. He feels that he's not good enough but won't give up without a fight...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 11 2009

Time: 11:30PM

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yea, it's really sad 2 see it , but i think he should think about retiring at the end of the season .
mr.x
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12/04/2009 00:34:00

yea, it's really sad 2 see it , but i think he should think about retiring at the end of the season .
mr.x
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12/04/2009 00:34:00

It is always sad to see a great go on too long and if gary cant get his game back I would like to see him bow out at the end of the season, perhaps hia last hurrah will be to lift a trophy or three..
oxfordspur
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12/04/2009 00:39:00

It is always sad to see a great go on too long and if gary cant get his game back I would like to see him bow out at the end of the season, perhaps hia last hurrah will be to lift a trophy or three..
oxfordspur
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12/04/2009 00:39:00

I was thinking along these same thoughts as i saw the many mistakes he has made in the last two games.....he cost us alot, and could have cost us even more like today he moved away from the guy that was gonna shoot giving him space to shoot wherever he wants....gladly vidic slid in to throw the guy off balance....and he missed the shoot....but we would have been down a goal.... I hope he improves because i like to see our club stick by the players who were faithful to us....but we can't afford to risk him again and again...he needs to improve quickly...
ibrahiy
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12/04/2009 01:34:00

I was thinking along these same thoughts as i saw the many mistakes he has made in the last two games.....he cost us alot, and could have cost us even more like today he moved away from the guy that was gonna shoot giving him space to shoot wherever he wants....gladly vidic slid in to throw the guy off balance....and he missed the shoot....but we would have been down a goal.... I hope he improves because i like to see our club stick by the players who were faithful to us....but we can't afford to risk him again and again...he needs to improve quickly...
ibrahiy
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12/04/2009 01:34:00

he has been great over the years , but his form has gone down hill big time .
Kimbo
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12/04/2009 11:08:00

he has been great over the years , but his form has gone down hill big time .
Kimbo
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12/04/2009 11:08:00

He's not in decline. Put him as CB and you immediately notice his frailties but that's Fergie's fault. He had an OK game yesterday in my opinion as a RB. He still has much to offer.
ForeverUnited
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12/04/2009 19:45:00

He's not in decline. Put him as CB and you immediately notice his frailties but that's Fergie's fault. He had an OK game yesterday in my opinion as a RB. He still has much to offer.
ForeverUnited
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12/04/2009 19:45:00

he had an awful game yesterday....he was decent on the attacking sense whenever he was up tho he was terrible defensively.....not only on set piecies.....his marking was awful....
ibrahiy
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12/04/2009 19:54:00

he had an awful game yesterday....he was decent on the attacking sense whenever he was up tho he was terrible defensively.....not only on set piecies.....his marking was awful....
ibrahiy
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12/04/2009 19:54:00

Fergies Love child only reason he gets a game, he's been crap for years
Tiny T
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13/04/2009 09:06:00

Fergies Love child only reason he gets a game, he's been crap for years
Tiny T
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13/04/2009 09:06:00

I'll be sorry to see him go, but I think he should bow out at the end of the season, if only to ensure he gets the praise he deserves for a fantastic career. If he carries on too long, the only memories will be of how badly he played in the last few seasons
Man utd champions
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13/04/2009 10:05:00

I'll be sorry to see him go, but I think he should bow out at the end of the season, if only to ensure he gets the praise he deserves for a fantastic career. If he carries on too long, the only memories will be of how badly he played in the last few seasons
Man utd champions
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