Speaking alongside his brother on Hibberts Sports, Gary Neville went into great detail about his final months at Manchester United and how he eventually ended up embarrassed even coming into training.
Gary Neville famously hung up his boots in the middle of the 2010/2011 season after a series of dreadful performances for Manchester United.
Although Neville was undoubtedly one of the greatest right backs in the history of the Premier League (if not the history of football) the former Manchester United star explained how tough his final season at Old Trafford was when he already knew he was no longer good enough.
‘When I came back (from a break in Dubai) and the boss said to me, ‘right, I get that you’re retiring but we’re got going to announce it. There’s no point. Just train with the lads until the rest of the season.’
I said ‘boss, come on, i’ve got to move on.’
Anyway, I stayed coming into the club I went to the gym, I did little bits. Pretended I was injured but stayed with the lads for about three weeks…
I retired on January the second but it wasn’t announced until February the fourth or third or something. The reason for that delay was the trip to Dubai and me just going in with the lads training just to see what it was like. And I didn’t like it.
I was embarrassed every day going into training. Thinking this highly elite football club was having a guy in there who was a passenger.
Check out Neville brilliantly explaining his final months as a professional footballer in the video below.