Neville welcome in Fergie's family
Published 04/02/2011 | 12:12
Sir Alex Ferguson wants Gary Neville to remain part of the Manchester United "family" now the former England defender has retired from playing.
Neville, who decided to bring the curtain down on a glittering career with immediate effect earlier this week, played his last match in the 2-1 victory against West Brom on New Year's Day when he suffered an ankle injury following a poor individual performance.
"We want him to stay in some capacity," Old Trafford manager Ferguson confirmed on Friday morning.
"Gary will remain with the team. He will train whenever he wants. The next step forward for our club is to retain Gary in a capacity in which he will be satisfied.
"That's because I feel his contribution and what he can contribute in future years is about what we are. We are a family club and he has been part of that.
"He has created that family atmosphere in the dressing room time and time again over the years."
Ferguson believes Neville's last injury was the final straw.
"He had this ankle injury and I think that is what really accelerated things for him," said the United boss.
"If you look at the last four years he's had nothing but injuries. The amazing thing is how he came back from his injuries time and time again.
"Eventually, I think getting that ankle injury in the West Brom game he felt enough was enough."