Gary Neville names Arsenal as the club he would have had joined had he left Manchester United

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first_imgAdvertisement Neville and United had an intense rivalry with United (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has revealed he would have played for Arsenal if Manchester United had decided to offload him during his playing career.The Manchester native spend his entire career at United and is among a rare breed of one-man club in modern football.Neville and United had an intense rivalry with Arsenal in the Premier League, but the former defender revealed the Gunners would have been his No.1 choice had he left Old Trafford.‘I’m fortunate in the sense that, because I signed a five year deal or six year deal when I was 29, it ran out when I was 34, I’d made the decision that if Sir Alex came up to me at the end of that contract and said “Gary, your time’s up”, I was never going to go and play for another club,’ Neville told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘I made that decision that I only wanted Manchester United next to my name.‘However, if he’d come to me at 28 and said, “Gary, your time’s up”, of course I would’ve gone and played for another Premier League club. I would have had to have done, because ultimately I’m a football player.‘If you said to me, in the perfect world, in my years of growing up in the Premier League, playing, which clubs would I say did I think had some real tradition, they’re a proper club? Gary Neville names Arsenal as the club he would have had joined had he left Manchester United Comment Neville won every major trophy with United (Picture: Getty)‘Arsenal would be number one. You used to go to Highbury, you could just feel the tradition of the place, and I just felt they always did things the right way.‘The clubs in Europe I always admired were Juventus and Bayern Munich because we played them a lot in the late 90s, early 2000s and I just respected them as football clubs in terms of the teams that they had.‘Bayern Munich always felt meticulous in their preparation, so for me, Bayern Munich would be the club I would choose internationally.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘In the Premier League, it would be Arsenal – not that Arsenal would ever want me or I’d ever want to go to Arsenal.‘But that would be the club, to be fair, that I’d say have got the most tradition in terms of history.‘I also like Aston Villa, Newcastle are another club – in fact I’d play for anybody!‘If at 28 or 29 Sir Alex had said to go I would’ve said Arsenal, Aston Villa, Newcastle, they are the three clubs I would’ve looked at.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will leave Arsenal this summer, predicts Kevin CampbellMORE: Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson responds to Chelsea and Manchester United interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryThursday 2 Apr 2020 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link683Shares Advertisementlast_img read more


The Latest: 9 Oklahoma football players positive for virus

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgNASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning. He is now self-quarantining away from the team. His wife and son remain healthy and symptom-free, the team added. Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona. Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: 9 Oklahoma football players positive for virus Associated Press The NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas has pushed its fall sports competitions to the spring due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The league’s board of directors announced the decision Saturday. The conference is made up of 11 schools spread throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The move affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. Schedules for those sports will be reduced so those athletes don’t lose a year of eligibility, under NCAA guidelines. The league said in July it intended to go through with fall sports. But commissioner Chris Colvin said the COVID-19 situation “evolved to the point where this decision had to be made.”— —A tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of an ATP Challenger event in Prague.The ATP tour tweeted that “the player has entered mandatory quarantine” at his home in line with ATP and Czech health protocols.It did not identify the player but said he was locally based and “was not a direct acceptance into either the main draw or qualifying events” of the tournament, scheduled to last until Aug. 22.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Nine Oklahoma football players tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a break in preseason camp. Coach Lincoln Riley made the announcement during a Zoom call Saturday.Riley announced on Aug. 8 that the Sooners were temporarily pausing preseason practices because of schedule changes. He gave players the option of returning home, though most stayed on campus.After the initial testing in preparation for the July 1 start of workouts, the program had just one positive result until this week. There were two rounds of tests last week, with one positive in 205 tests.Riley said he didn’t regret giving the players a break, but said he hopes the team learns from the situation.“I think what we’re up against is something that’s doable, but the key is going to be for our players, our staff … how well can this virus be mitigated or stopped or contained when players or staff members are not in our facilities?” he said. August 15, 2020last_img read more