Only four players have played more games for Manchester United in the club’s history than Gary’s 602 appearances. Two of them, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, were contemporaries of the Class of ’92.
Gary’s first team debut at home to Torpedo Moscow was unmemorable – a dreadful goalless draw in front of just 19,998. Things would pick up.
He spent a season getting used to the first team but by 1995-96 he was a regular among other youngsters brought in to replace older heroes. Alan Hansen declared that ‘You don’t win anything with kids’ then watched on as Gary and his teammates won the Premier League and FA Cup.
Gary boasts eight Premier League winners’ medals, two European Cups, three FA Cups, two League Cups, three Community Shields, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.
United’s captain from 2005 until his retirement in 2011, he’s regarded as one of the most successful players of all time with his manager Sir Alex Ferguson describing him as the best English right-back of his generation.
Gary usually played behind David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antonio Valencia, supporting them and overlapping as Manchester United attacked.
“Neville was the best English right back, certainly – if you look at his record, he has won absolutely everything and the number of games he has played, he is without a doubt the best,” said legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, “He had a huge career and fantastic achievements. His record is down to intelligence and motivation – he is an example to players who are maybe less gifted than the Giggs and the Beckhams but still make a fantastic career because they are intelligent and highly-motivated. They deserve a great credit.”