Gary Neville has revealed why he never really wanted to be Manchester United captain in the mid-2000s.
The former-defender is utterly linked with the Reds in terms of his reputation in anything he does. He’s a proper Man United fan who has represented his club for decades and won everything there is to win.
Now a pundit, he’s still a United fan at heart. Despite that, he never wanted to be captain, and all because of Roy Keane.
Neville revealed recently that Keane’s brilliance as a captain of United for more than half a decade was impossible to follow.
“Roy Keane was without a shadow of a doubt the most inspirational player I played with,” Neville explained on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show.
“He wasn’t only the best player on the pitch most weeks but the influence he had in his standards, how he made everyone else feel 10ft tall.
“He was almost like Sir Alex Ferguson was out on the training pitch and in the dressing room.
“There was never a drop in standards.”
After explaining why Keane was so completely irreplaceable as a captain, Neville then revealed he simply didn’t want to have to follow in his footsteps as the man with the armband.
“I took over the captaincy from Roy and I never wanted to. He was the best captain you could ever have and I could never think to be a captain like Roy was.
“You almost had to be more collaborative while Roy had complete control of the dressing room.”
Neville oversaw a great period as United captain. The third of Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘great’ sides was formed as United reached three UEFA Champions League finals in four years and won three consecutive Premier League titles.