Neville granted Juventus testimonial
Retired Manchester United defender Gary Neville will be rewarded for his 18 years of service with a testimonial against Juventus at Old Trafford on May 24.
Neville, 36, hung up his boots in January following a series of injury problems and a lack of form during the first half of the season. His final game at West Brom saw him fortunate to escape a red card for the second time this term.
The veteran full-back had intended to play a testimonial fixture at the start of the season but was forced to put the game back due to the impossibility of finding a suitable date.
During his heyday Neville was one of the best right-backs in England and his difficult last few games will not be allowed to overshadow a fabulous career, 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,'' Neville 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 at home and abroad.
"Gary has been a loyal servant of Manchester United and this is a fitting tribute to honour Gary and his career,'' said Sir Alex Ferguson. "It also gives the fans the opportunity to show their admiration and appreciation for a player who is very much one of them.
"We have had many great games against Juventus in the past and I am sure this will be another memorable night.''