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Neville admits Liverpool dislike, aims jibe at City

September 9, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Gary Neville has once again made little attempt to disguise his dislike for Liverpool, but the Manchester United defender has also taken aim at clubs who spend their way to success, rather than relying on a glorious history - a comment that will no doubt be interpreted as a dig at Manchester City.

Gary Neville shows his dislike for Carlos Tevez
GettyImagesGary Neville shows his dislike for Carlos Tevez

• Neville feared for career

Neville has been involved in a series of controversial incidents with United's rivals in recent seasons. In 2006 he was fined for celebrating in front of Liverpool fans and in January was involved in a public spat with City forward Carlos Tevez in a Carling Cup tie between the two teams.

While Neville freely admits he has an innate aversion to Liverpool given their rivalry with United, he is also unimpressed by certain clubs who view spending money as a shortcut to success.

"When I was younger there was no doubt about it," Neville said. "I was a United fan, they [Liverpool] were winning everything and it was a horrible time for my club, to be honest, through the 70s and 80s.

"I suppose it came from jealousy through my childhood - jealousy, hatred, passion for your own club. You don't want them [Liverpool] to win anything, and you don't like the people who are winning, just like I've seen in the last 15 or 16 years, from a good side, everybody is now 'we all hate Man United' - and they hate Man United because we are winning.

"I have more respect for Liverpool, in a sense of their tradition and their history, than I do some of the other clubs that have come on the scene in the last few years, throwing a load of money at it.

"They [Liverpool] have got a good history - you have to hand it to them - and they have been successful."

At 35, Neville's time as a top-flight player is approaching an end, but the United defender says he has no plans to move into management at present.

"I am a bit too emotional to be a football manager," Neville said. "If you look at Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. They are quiet, considered and patient. They are probably more suited to modern-day management.

"I am doing my 'A' licence as a matter of course. It is what you should do. But at this moment in time, I haven't quite got the aptitude for it."