Phil Neville’s son scores direct from corner in Valencia youth team match.

Phil Neville’s son scores direct from corner in Valencia youth team match

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Remember the name: Harvey Neville.

Phil Neville’s son is only 13 but he’s already scored a goal that’s surely better than anything his dad - or his uncle Gary - managed during their illustrious careers.

Playing for Valencia’s Infantil A side, the young Neville managed to score an ‘Olimpico” - or, in plain English, a goal direct from a corner. Yes, really. See for yourself by scrolling down to the embedded YouTube video on this page.


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It sounds like there was a decent crowd at the ground for a kids’ match and you can hear gasps as Harvey’s effort sails over the poor young goalkeeper on the opposite team.

Did Neville Jnr. mean it? We’re inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. It was clearly a wind-assisted goal but that shouldn’t take anything away from his effort if it was a genuine shot.

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Video: Harvey Neville's goal

Harvey used to be with Manchester City’s youth team but joined up with Valencia after his dad joined the coaching staff at Mestalla last summer.

He appears to be progressing nicely and no doubt his dad will be giving himself invaluable advice and tuition back at home.

Another setback for Gary and Phil on Sunday

Harvey’s uncle, Gary, moved out to Valencia after accepting the role of head coach in December.

The former Manchester United captain endured a difficult start to life in La Liga - failing to win any of his first nine matches in charge - but appeared to turn things around last month with back-to-back wins over Espanyol and Granada.

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However, the Neville brothers suffered a setback against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

A 3-0 defeat at Mestalla - all three goals coming inside seven disastrous second-half minutes - had put the pressure back on the Englishmen.

Gary slams referee as a 'joke'

Gary has been reluctant to criticise the match officials in Spain since arriving four months ago, but was unable to hold back following Valencia’s latest defeat.

"Today, I thought the referee was a joke. It was embarrassing we didn't get two penalties," Neville said at his post-match press conference, per Sky Sports.

"I've not blamed referees in any of our games, but I thought his management of the game was awful. Some of the things he did were incredible.

"We've been a very soft coaching staff towards referees, we've tried to be respectful because we know its a difficult job, but I don't understand how we didn't have one of two penalties, one for Andre Gomes, the other for the handball.

"I don't have a clue. And he booked three of our players and I don't know how many fouls they had compared to us.

"There were three factors in the defeat: first the referee, secondly we missed chances, and third, we didn't react to conceding the first goal."

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