Simpson takes lead from Neville

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

Simpson, 23, was just a youngster at Manchester United emerging through the Old Trafford production line, when Gary Neville was the club's and country's premier right-back. The United stalwart announced his retirement last week after a career spanning 20 years at Old Trafford that brought him a constellation of honours. And now at Newcastle, the Salford-born defender is now putting into practice what he learnt while watching the master at close quarters. "Gary Neville and Denis Irwin showed me that being at a club like United, you need to get seven or eight every week and just be solid," Simpson told "Gary especially really helped me out a lot. When he was injured he would do extra work and he was always talking to me about how to improve, because we played in the same position. "He would talk to me about defending and made me realise that you had to try and get forward and be involved in the attacks as well. "It wasn't until David Beckham left that people realised just how good a crosser of the ball that Gary was." It is something that Simpson too has implemented into his game, much to beneficiary of the Toon attack, most notably the now departed Andy Carroll's delight. Neville is viewed as a real candidate for the reserve team manager's job at Old Trafford and it's a role his former team-mate believes he would excel in. "Gary would be perfect for that role," added Simpson. "He's always talking, always encouraging the young lads and knows what it takes to be at United. "He was club captain, PFA delegate and someone that's not afraid of responsibility. He's probably already done most of the things in the job without even realising."

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