Big spenders irk Neville

Gary Neville reacts at full-time as Manchester United lose to Chelsea
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Gary Neville has taken a swipe at clubs who try to buy success and claims they will struggle to earn respect.

United full-back reveals respect for Liverpool

Gary Neville has taken a swipe at clubs who try to buy success and claims they will struggle to earn respect. The Manchester United defender has enjoyed a glittering 18-year career at the top of the game, helping the Red Devils to maintain their standing towards the summit of English football. During that time he has seen Chelsea and Manchester City acquired by billionaire owners and spend vast amounts of money in the transfer market. That approach does not sit well with Neville, as he feels clubs should be rewarded for hard work rather than how much they have in the bank. With that in mind, he admits that he admires the history a club like Liverpool but, without naming names, claims he will always struggle to respect those who try to take the easy route. "When I was a youngster, they (Liverpool) won everything," said Neville, in a special interview for MUTV. "It was horrible. Jealousy does come into it but I have more respect for their traditions than I would for some of the other clubs coming onto the scene throwing a load of money at it. "They (Liverpool) have got a history."


It is precisely that history that is dominating Neville's thoughts this season, as United attempt to overhaul Liverpool as English football's most celebrated side. Both sides are currently locked together on 18 league titles apiece, but the Red Devils have every intention of pulling clear of their North West rivals in 2010/11. "The motivation has got to be winning the league," said Neville. "What a massive incentive we have to win it back. "Last year we did not perform at our best at times. We had terrible injuries in defence. "If we can just get our players to stay fit this season, we have got that 19th in front of us. "To beat Liverpool would be fantastic. It would be massive for this club. We want to be the most successful club."
At 35 years of age, and with injuries having caught up with him over recent years, Neville accepts that he is edging towards the end of his career. He is currently taking his coaching badges, with one eye on the future, but admits that he probably does not have the right temperament to be a club boss. "I am a bit too emotional to be a football manager," he said. "If you look at Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. They are quiet, considered and patient. They are probably more suited to modern-day management. "I am doing my 'A' licence as a matter of course. It is what you should do. "But at this moment in time, I haven't quite got the aptitude for it."

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