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Gary: United Were Underestimated

Gary Neville believes United's rivals paid the price of writing off the mighty Reds' chances before last season.

The Red Devils skipper, currently recovering after an ankle injury, declared that he felt himself extremely strong and hoped to be fit for the new season.

'I had an operation on my ankle about five to six weeks ago,' he said. 'I have been training really hard and feeling really strong and hoping I am fit for the start of the season because I am longing to play.

'I need to get fit as soon as possible because I love playing for Manchester United.'

And he firmly believes that playing for the club will be a very enviable thing next season as the Reds will boast a fantastic squad that will almost surely be strengthened even further by the arrival of Carlos Tevez.

'Nobody thought Manchester United would win the Premier League last season,' he said. 'But they underestimated us. They underestimated the knowledge and class of our manager.

'For two to three years we had been in suffering. At the start of the season we added Michael Carrick to our squad and lost Ruud van Nistelrooy. But Chelsea added Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack.

'But the manager knew what he was doing over a period of two years in building a new team and now we are in a fantastic position.

'Last season we played the best football, the most attacking and entertaining football - and we deserved to win the trophy.

'I don't think a United fan could ever be as excited about the players, the team and about the way the club is, as today.'

Do you agree with him?

Date:Monday July 9 2007
Time: 3:50PM


Unfortunately, we won't be underestimated again. I loved being underdogs at the start of the season.
09/07/2007 19:02:00
Of course we were underestimated. Can anyone honestly say that anyone saw any hope at the begining of last season? Especially when you looked at the number and quality of signings by other clubs.
10/07/2007 12:43:00
Well... the media went on about how Liverpool and Arsenal were better than us. While I did not think there was a realistic chance of overtaking Chelsea, I did not have a clue why would we finish lower than second, given that we had better squad than the Little Two of the Big Four and we had finished second with a Giggs-O'Shea central midfield pairing in 2006...
10/07/2007 17:00:00
at the start of last season i was confident we could do it.
10/07/2007 21:21:00
I think that we will be too over-rated this year but and that will lead to more pressure, people will be expectant of Man Utd, Im actaully a neutral Celtic fan but i like to see United do well!
11/07/2007 15:32:00
rk1888, Celtic fan you say....
Blue is the colour
12/07/2007 09:25:00
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