If Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography proves anything about his time in charge then it's that we were truly blessed. During his 27 years at Old Trafford, United played, for the most part, expansive, attacking football utilising some of the finest players ever to have graced these shores.
Ferguson has repeatedly stated how fortunate he feels to have had so many great footballers in his charge, and picking a best team of his managerial reign is no simple task.
Boasting the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Terry, and others, it is difficult to fathom the lack of success for the English national soccer team. Since defeating West Germany in 1966 4-2, England has failed to win the Fifa World Cup. England has not reached the semifinal of a major tournament since Euro 1996 and in Euro 2012 they were defeated by Italy in the quarterfinals.
"The first time I played with them," said Bryan Robson of Manchester United's Class of '92. "You're thinking ‘right, I'm gonna have to look after a couple of them.' Well, I think it was in the first five minutes, Scholesy smashes one of their centre-halves, then you've got Gary Neville belting their winger all over the place [and] we get a free-kick from about 20 yards out and Becks goes ‘er, Robbo, I take these.
The class of ‘92 will always be Ferguson's greatest achievement with the youth academy at Manchester United. They're a generation that will never be forgotten, a generation that replicated the club's glorious success of the 60s, broke records and transformed Manchester United into a global giant.
From the studio that brought us the documentary 'Senna,' there's a new documentary coming soon entitled 'Class Of '92,' which covers the six players who came through the Manchester United academy and became superstars. Those six men are David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville.
For the past few weeks, Sunday's matchup between Manchester United and Arsenal has been the topic of conversation throughout the media and among Premier League fans. According to the press, this contest could "make or break" United's title run and/or it could define Arsenal as a legitimate front runner for the title.
Fourth round. Four-goal victory. It all sounds right all of a sudden. Three wins on the bounce and unbeaten in the last six in all competitions. Twitter has surprisingly gone quiet and the infamous #MoyesOut mania is fading away. Good signs. All of this means we have a great many things to worry about in the next few weeks.
Famed for the number of youngsters like David Beckham and Gary Neville who were developed in-house, Manchester United have lost some excellent talent over the last few years. The likes of Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison have left United for various reasons. Morrison is showing promising signs that he is overcoming his temperament issues at West Ham, while Pogba has become an established regular at one of the top clubs in the world – Juventus.
Manchester United will be walking into a cauldron of noise when they enter Donbass Arena for their UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk today. Donetsk has never lost at home to an English team in the Champions League and their manager, Mircea Lucescu, has already started the mind games with Manchester United.
Jamie Carragher reduced the Monday Night Football team to fits of laughter with his assertion that no-one wants to grow-up to be Gary Neville. The Liverpool legend was initially making a general point about most full-backs being failed wingers or failed centre-backs. But, spotting he had touched a nerve with professional right-back Neville, he hammered [.
"What the transfer deadline gives you is a clear indication of which are the badly run football clubs" tweeted Gary Neville on August 12, right as the soccer supermarket sweeps were starting in earnest. It's doubtful that a man who practically bleeds little Red Devils was referring directly to his beloved Manchester United at the time, but it could well have been a prophetic statement.
Gary Neville is not a hero in the classical sense of the word. He is not big or strong, noble or valiant, moral or handsome. In fact, last year Sir Alex Ferguson went as far as to say that his erstwhile charge had made an unwise move in pursuing a career in television given his, shall we say, idiosyncratic looks.
Gary Neville is back for another season of Premier League football, and he returns to his regular role on Sky's Monday Night Football program where he continues to dive deep into analyzing tactics. He's joined this season by former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
Neville continues to set the standard for the best soccer analysis on television.
The first Monday Night Football of the season was certainly not short on banter, or even the occasional piece of scousist humour. Debutant Jamie Carragher was, in the modern parlance, owned by Gary Neville, who compared him to a burglar. Neville was analysing Robin Van Persie's movement across the opposition backline and said he was [.
It has looked like an unlikely friendship at various points of the last couple of decades, but professional circumstances mean that Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher now take in football games together. Ahead of the pair's first appearance together on Monday Night Football, they were both at the match between Chelsea and Hull yesterday.
Daniel Sturridge has walked off the training pitch before the end of England's session with a suspected injury. The Liverpool striker left the pitch accompanied by coach Gary Neville. He had been playing as part of a bib-wearing team that looked distinctly like England's starting line-up to face Germany tomorrow.
England coach Gary Neville has suggested Liverpool should leave Daniel Sturridge out of their team to face Crystal Palace at the weekend to ensure he is fit for England's vital World Cup qualifiers. The in-form striker came under criticism during the last international break when he pulled out of the squad and was, somewhat harshly, [.
Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp were on Sky Sports last night where they praised Arsenal's victory against Borussia Dortmund.
Neville remarked how Arsenal have been able to accomplish this incredible clean sheet by using the same back four that had weaknesses last season. Plus Neville was impressed by how organized Arsenal's defense is.
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher recently sat down on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football to analyze how defending has changed in the Premier League from when both of these English footballers were being coached compared to more modern defenders such as David Luiz and Jan Vertonghen.
Neville argues that the Premier League clubs should incorporate dynamic defenders such as Luiz and Vertonghen, as they (i.
Malcolm Best hosts the final ever episode of The Football Special, blowing an emotional final whistle on the series. We take a look back at some of the best sketches in the show's illustrious past as voted by the TFS production staff including Joe Kinnear's controversial press conference, some advice from Gary Neville, a respectful footballer, a Stevie G car alarm, an Alex Ferguson team talk and even an appearance from Liam Neeson.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville's tactical analysis and observations on Monday Night Football are becoming so popular that soccer fans clamor for footage of his work on television even though the vast majority of the world don't have access to Sky Sports (unless you live in the United Kingdom).
I recently came across the following interview with Gary Neville that I hadn't seen before, and I thought it's worth sharing with you, the reader.
Most fans of English football in the United States have no clue what they are missing. Unless, that is, they are using alternative means to watch soccer matches broadcast on Sky Sports.
Sky Sports coverage is universally applauded for shows such as: Soccer Saturday, The Footballers Football Show, Sunday Supplement, and Goals on Sunday (I would like to add Soccer AM to this list, but I'm not sure how many people understand the comic genius of "The Hairy Strikers" and "Away Days").
Former Sunderland captain Michael Gray has backed Manchester United great Gary Neville for the vacant manager's position at the Stadium of Light following the club's decision to sack Italian boss Paolo Di Canio. Di Canio enjoyed just 13 matches in charge of the Black Cats, but found his position under fire after a dismal start to the new Premier League campaign.
Domestic success for English footballers in the Premier League won't be the only thing resting on the minds of players this season. In less than a year, English footballers up and down the country will be desperate to book their seat on the flight to Brazil World Cup 2014. Hopefuls know they will have to endure a successful domestic season, at least, to put them within contention of being selected.
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has questioned Chelsea's decision to sell Daniel Sturridge last January, stating his belief that the Liverpool striker is better than any of Chelsea's current attacking options. Sturridge has scored in both of Liverpool's Premier League matches this season, while Chelsea's three strikers Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, and Romelu Lukaku have all remained scoreless.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey received a glowing review from Monday Night Football pundits Jamie Carragher and Aaron Ramsey last night. Carragher praised Ramsey as being "the best player in the league" on his current form. Neville was also keen to praise Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for ignoring criticism in the media and from Arsenal supporters [.
Richard Keys used to present Sky Sports' football coverage for many-a-year. He now doesn't. This is because he did a small sexism on television a couple of years ago and paid the price. Now he and his partner in crime, Andy Gray, present Premier League coverage out in Qatar with Al Jazeera.
Eric Harrison, the coach hailed for bringing through the brilliant Class of '92, has explained to Gary Neville exactly what it entails to cut it at United. He also claimed that his wife told him that he was too harsh on the youngsters, claiming that he was a 'disgrace' for the way he spoke to them.
After last night's result against Borussia Dortmund in Germany, it seems as if Arsenal can't be ignored anymore. With victories over Tottenham, Liverpool, Napoli, and Dortmund all secured, Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side are making some serious statements this season.
Speaking about Arsenal's victory after the match, Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville were filled with nothing but compliments.
In recent games, Flamini's presence has allowed us to be unconcerned about having the ball. Previously, the idea of our opponents having prolonged possession could terrify us, we now tolerate it, depending on which opponent it is and how effectively they can use it.
This tendency predates Flamini and some will have noticed [.