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Manchester United to play Juventus for Gary Neville testimonial

Gary Neville's 18-year Manchester United career will be honoured when the Red Devils tackle Italian giants Juventus in a testimonial at Old Trafford on Tuesday, May 24.

James Lawton: Rush to the barricades over Rio is a little premature

This is not the first time England footballers have rallied around their colleague Rio Ferdinand.

Gary Neville plays down Jose Mourinho speculation

Gary Neville acknowledges Jose Mourinho has the right credentials to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager - but does not expect that day to come for quite some time.

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The £15,000 cancer film set for Oscar glory

A young British writer whose teenage cancer inspired his idea for a short film will be celebrating his birthday by attending the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday.

Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United will miss Gary Neville humour

Rio Ferdinand is the latest big-name Manchester United player to heap praise on retired team-mate Gary Neville.

Gary Neville gives approval to successor Rafael

Gary Neville is convinced his coveted right-back role at Manchester United is in safe hands.

The Last Word: A great player but not a great role model

Ignore the sugar-coated eulogies and remember the times Gary Neville baited crowds

Gary Neville negotiated Manchester United players contracts reveals Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Gary Neville spent part of his career trying to barter better deals for Manchester United's rising young stars.

Manchester United want Gary Neville to remain at club

Sir Alex Ferguson wants Gary Neville to remain part of the Manchester United "family" now the former England defender has retired from playing.

Wenger demands an end to the 'witch hunt' of 'mature' Fabregas

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, yesterday defended his captain Cesc Fabregas against recent criticism of his behaviour and said that he was "fantastically proud of the person he [Fabregas] has become". Wenger added that he thought the Spanish midfielder was currently the subject of a "witch hunt".

Neville retired in fear of being United 'passenger'

Gary Neville has confirmed his intention to remain at Manchester United for the remainder of the season, as Owen Hargreaves' exclusion from United's Champions League squad leaves it doubtful that he will play for the club again.

Gary Neville will stay at Manchester United for the season

Gary Neville has confirmed his intention to remain within the Manchester United fold for the remainder of the season.

Gary Neville: a career in gesture politics

'Red Nev' has never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, and his career has been peppered with gestures and outbursts which perhaps come from the heart rather than any strategic long-term planning.

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