There was one moment in particular that stands out in Neville’s long history of needling Liverpool fans. Back in the 2006-07 Premier League season, United faced their arch rivals at Old Trafford.
Although the game was raucous and tense, the two sides were inseparable – until the 90th minute, when Rio Ferdinand popped up with the winner for United.
As Old Trafford erupted and United’s players flocked to celebrate with Ferdinand, Neville turned his attentions to the travelling Liverpool fans, kissing his United badge and screaming into the stands.
Don’t remember it? Well, here’s a recap:
But Neville insists it was worth the subsequent fine he received from the FA, and suggests chants about him and his mother from the Liverpool fans were the reason he reacted the way he did.
Here’s what Neville had to say to The Players Tribune:
“I looked at the faces of all those Liverpool fans who had been singing for 89 minutes, and in that moment, they had no answer. Absolutely no answer. It was one of the best feelings of my life.
“The FA fined me £5,000 for my actions. I’d gladly pay it again a hundred times.
“Back then, I remember some very serious people saying things like, ‘That’s not the behavior of a 30-year-old man.’
“They were right. And that’s what makes football so magical. For 90 minutes, you get to be a kid again. That’s what we all dreamed about, isn’t it?”