I feared United exit, admits Neville

BY foxsports • September 9, 2010

Veteran defender Gary Neville has revealed he feared his Manchester United career was drawing to a close towards the end of last season.

The veteran full-back has been hampered by injury problems in recent years and was sweating over his future at Old Trafford last term.

While fellow United stalwarts Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were rewarded with new contracts, Neville had an anxious wait to discover if he would be kept on by Sir Alex Ferguson.

He eventually signed a 12-month deal at the end of April and the 35-year-old concedes he had been prepared for time to be called on his United career.

"I turned round during training one morning and said 'I have three games to go at Manchester United'," said Neville. "I had not spoken to the club and I genuinely felt it could be the last three weeks.

"The club didn't owe me anything and I was more than happy. I was enjoying myself.

"In some ways, my best football came in a period I thought I was just going to enjoy."

Neville is just two games away from reaching 600 appearances for his only club and is again aware that this season could be his last as a professional.

The former England international, who has yet to play this term due to injury, added: "Because of my injuries, I have thought about the fact I might have to find something else.

"Two years ago I thought it would be my last season. Obviously last year I felt the same. I recognise this one could be as well.

"I am on a one-year contract. If I don't perform or I feel the club don't want me anymore I will be gone.

"That is life. In the 19 years I have been here, it has happened to better players."

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