Gary Neville went to bed at half-past eight every evening

Gary Neville used to go to bed at half-past eight every evening with a bowl of cereal, according to former team-mate Roy Keane.

The Manchester United legend, 47, was well-renowned as the utmost professional during his playing career leading the Red Devils by example once Keane departed for Celtic after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson. Now a regular pundit on Sky Sports, Keane was asked to select his greatest United XI of the Premier League era – and he immediately picked Neville as his starting right-back.

Though Keane couldn’t help but aim a brutal jibe in the direction of his good friend when asked the reason for his inclusion. The ex-hardman claimed that while the likes of David Beckham would be out partying till dawn, Neville was often couped up between the sheets with a bowl of cereal.

Keane told Sky Sports: “Brilliant. Gary was a brilliant player, but Gary was a great character in the sense that, when he came into the group, into the first-team squad, I think Gary used to go to bed at half-past eight every evening and he’d be going to bed with his bowl of cereal and we’d be criticizing him but he was a really top professional player.

“He’s got a good background, Phil [his brother] was a brilliant fella and when lads come into the group and obviously proper love the club that came through.

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Roy Keane and Gary Neville formed a formidable partnership on the pitch
Roy Keane and Gary Neville formed a formidable partnership on the pitch


Gary Neville took a bowl of cereal to bed with him every evening
Gary Neville took a bowl of cereal to bed with him every evening

“We all embraced Gary. You need different characters in the dressing room, but Gary fell into the group no problem. We all liked him, we all had time for him – obviously that’s changed over the years!”

He added: “When you first get in the first team, you’re going to be quiet, but Gary became more vocal as he got a bit older and a bit braver. There’s obviously no stopping him now!

“Gary was an excellent player, a really good pro, he really looked after himself and did very well with United and, of course, with England. You have to have quality to do what Gary did.”

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