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Saturday 1 November 2014

In Pictures: Gary Neville's career in gestures

Neville expresses his feelings for Scousers Neville's relations with the city of Liverpool put even Boris Johnson in the shade, cemented by quotes attributed to him (and never denied) in a United fanzine: "I can't stand Liverpool, I can't stand Liverpool people, I can't stand anything to do with them."
Neville takes on the Kop In October 2006, after a last minute winner by Rio Ferdinand in a game against Liverpool, Neville, as ever subject to the taunts of Liverpool fans, ignored his team-mates to run half the length of the pitch to celebrate, badge-grabbing and everything, in front of the home fans in Liverpool's Kop end. The FA gave him a £5,000 fine.
Giving Carlos Tevez the finger The most recent example was in the first leg of Manchester United's Carling Cup semi-final against local rivals City. It began when Neville was warming up on the touchline as Carlos Tevez began his celebrations following the first-half penalty that pulled Manchester City level. Tevez appeared to gesticulate towards Neville as if to say "shut it", in response to the United skipper's comments that Sir Alex Ferguson was correct to let the Argentina star leave Old Trafford last summer. Neville's own reply, captured on camera, was of the one-fingered variety, which triggered more taunts from Tevez. The FA are investigating.

Gary Neville has never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, and gestures and outbursts which perhaps come from the heart rather than any strategic long-term planning have been a trademark of thte Manchester United defender.

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For Manchester United fans, it's always been endearing. For the rest, it's been very annoying, but always a talking point.

Source: Independent

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