Neville issues rallying cry at testimonial

Neville issues rallying cry at testimonial

Gary Neville waved farewell to Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight, telling his one-time team-mates to win the Champions League on Saturday.

Around 42,000 fans saw Juventus emerge 2-1 winners in Neville's testimonial game, with David Beckham and Ryan Giggs both appearing.

It marks the final chapter in Neville's playing career before a move into the media.

And he is hoping his first task will be to observe his old club beating Barcelona in the Champions League final.

"The most important thing for this club now is to go and win that trophy on Saturday," said Neville.

There was no mention of Giggs' off-field problems and the veteran Welshman set up Wayne Rooney for United's only goal.

Paul Scholes, Anderson, John O'Shea and Rafael also played some part, although there was no action for Darren Fletcher.

That would appear to be a clear indication the Scot is set to miss out on Saturday, which would bring Fletcher more Champions League misery given he missed the clash with Saturday's opponents Barcelona two years ago through suspension.

Neville did thank Beckham, Nicky Butt and brother Phil, who helped complete the famed 'Class of 92' for one more United appearance.

And Beckham echoed Neville's words of hope for his old club this weekend.

"I hope we win. It is as simple as that," Beckham told Key103.

"Barcelona are such a great football side, one of the best in the world.

"But if any club, and any manager, can beat them it is Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson.

"The manager continues to do it. He continues changing teams and players, yet Manchester United keep on going.

"That is why there is so much respect for him throughout the game and why he is the best manager in the world."

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