Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Neville granted Juve testimonial

Gary Neville

Gary Neville's 18-year Manchester United career will be honoured when the Red Devils tackle Italian giants Juventus in a testimonial at Old Trafford on Tuesday, May 24.

The veteran full-back had intended to play a testimonial fixture at the start of this season but was forced to put the game back due to the impossibility of finding a suitable date.

Since then, the 36-year-old has announced his retirement.

His final game at West Brom on January 1 saw him fortunate to escape a red card for the second time this season and it was clear the huge number of injuries Neville suffered in the latter stages of his career had taken their toll.

Those difficult last few games will not be allowed to overshadow a fabulous career though, which began with a debut against Torpedo Moscow as a 17-year-old.

By the time he retired, Neville had made 602 appearances for the club he supported all his life, won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League in 1999.

In addition, Neville won 85 England caps.

"I am delighted to be given this game by the club," he said. "It is going to be a very emotional night for me, especially as I pull on that red shirt once more in what will be my last game for the club.

"I intend to savour every moment and I hope the fans can share in my special night."

Neville has pledged to use the proceeds to support sustainable projects within the community, an issue close to his heart, and also has plans for supporter initiatives home and abroad.

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