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Slowly but surely, over the past couple of years, Sir Alex Ferguson has started to overhaul the United squad.

Last season saw Gary Neville and Paul Scholes hang up their boots and Ryan Giggs is probably entering his final season. But whilst those players mentioned have served United for all their careers, others have been shipped out most notably Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.

In an interview given to the League Managers Association, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the process whereby the realisation that a player has served his purpose hits home, commenting,

"You can`t get sentimental in this job. I love the players I`ve had. I`ve been very, very fortunate to have had great players. And I`ve been very fortunate to have had players come through with me for a long, long time."

"At United, Giggs, Neville and Scholes. Even Phil (Neville) and Nicky Butt, guys who were the spirit of the club. They have remained part of what I see is Manchester United."

"And all the players I`ve had here have played a part in that."

"But when I see something happening I have to act. In the case of Nicky Butt and Phil Neville I had to release them because I was getting to the stage where I was terrified of talking to them. Telling them they were not playing a game."

"And it wasn`t fair to them. They were good players. Players that played a big part in the resurrection of Manchester United, no doubt about that."

"So when the time came for me to let them go, I knew it was cutting strings. Loyal strings. And I didn`t enjoy it."

But we`d say that it was a decision that was proven to be right!

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Monday June 27 2011
Time: 4:41PM


Well, Phil has been better than Gary for years now so maybe not completely right.
27/06/2011 19:02:00
Phil had never been a starter!!
27/06/2011 20:13:00
I mean since Phil left for Everton Faizah. Whilst at Man U he wasn't anything particularly special I agree with you there. However, since joining Everton I believe Phil really outshined his injury prone and soon after liability at the back brother Gary. Gary's made 132 appearances of which 85 were league appearance since Phil left whilst Phil has made 262 appearances of which 197 were league appearance since leaving and filled in at numerous roles for Everton. Gary is a legend and was a great servant to the club as well as an inspirational leader, but I think age caught him up and the injuries knocked the best out of him whilst Phil proved to be a very reliable character.
27/06/2011 22:01:00
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