Date: 28th June 2008 at 1:30pm
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Gary Neville sees the light at the end of the tunnel. United’s veteran skipper, troubled by injuries for more than a year now, is fully fit and returned to action against Roma back in April.

Now he’s looking forward to pre-season training which begins next Wednesday and his declared aim is to win back the right-back position from Wes Brown.

‘Pre-season is hugely important for every player but for me this season it is massive,’ said Gary.

‘I need to get a good pre- season under my belt. I am looking forward to it. It is a great challenge.

‘It is a big challenge every season at United but it is a greater one more than ever this time to try and repeat the success of last season as a team.

‘For me, personally, I have to get back and try and break into a team that has won the double. That is hard enough.’


Of course he then went on to show what a true skipper is about: he honestly praised his colleague and old friend Wes Brown who is now his rival.

‘I can talk about my injuries and being out for 12 months but Wes has been out with cruciate knee ligament injuries twice.’

‘Last season I would say he was among our top two or three consistent players. He was fantastic throughout the season.’


It is a very nice touch from Gaz to say that Brown’s not in the side because of his injury but due to Brown’s own superb form. Good luck Gary, looking forward to see you again in the team.