Neville: I was becoming a passenger

BY foxsports • February 3, 2011

Gary Neville says he decided to quit football when he realized he was becoming "a passenger" in Manchester United's team.

The former England defender announced on Wednesday he was retiring with immediate effect, ending a career in which he won the Champions League and eight Premier League titles among other trophies.

Neville, speaking to United's in-house TV channel, says it was his much-criticized performance in a Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion last month that convinced him to quit.

Neville says "after that game on New Year's Day, I felt I'd reached the end."

Neville added on Thursday "there was always a period where I felt I was contributing. Once you've lost that ... you don't want to be a passenger."

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