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Gary Neville talks about infamous celebration against Liverpool in 2006

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Rio Ferdinand may have only scored eight times during his 12-year spell at Manchester United but one goal surely stands out above the rest.

In 2006, Ferdinand scored a 90th-minute winner to beat big rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford, however, the goal wasn't actually the main highlight everyone remembers from that game.

As Ferdinand's powerful header found the back of the net, the centre-back didn't get too far before being mobbed by his delighted teammates.

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Gary Neville, on the other hand, snubbed celebrating with Ferdinand and instead ran the length of the pitch to rejoice in front of the Liverpool end - sparking a furious reaction.

The former England international was handed a £10,000 fine and a two-match ban as a result. Does he regret it? Not a chance.

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Ahead of Man United's trip to Anfield on Monday, Neville and fellow pundit Jamie Carragher reflected on some key highlights from various historic clashes between the two clubs in the past - of course, the Old Trafford legend's celebration cropped up.

"To be fair, Liverpool had been singing songs about me all game so I thought 'they need to have a bit back don't they?' It was a last minute goal, unbelievable. I got fined £10,000 for that," Neville told Sky Sports.

When Carragher asked if it was worth it, the ex-full back replied: "Absolutely, it was worth a 120-match ban! It was probably one of the best moments because we were struggling at the time, we hadn't won the league for three years and it just felt like one of the best moments we had in a couple of years.

"Every time we scored against Liverpool and it was a winner, and you knew it was a winner, I would celebrate.

"For me personally, that's what it's about. I think Steven Gerrard has celebrated in front of the United fans a few times, Robbie Fowler definitely did and you've just got to take it on the chin."

The badge pulling gesture made Neville public enemy No.1 amongst Liverpool supporters for a few years afterwards and despite becoming one of the most popular pundits on television today, some still resent the 41-year-old for that moment.

In fairness to Neville, Carragher probably would have done exactly the same thing if given the opportunity.

And the Liverpool hero might feel a bit outnumbered on Monday night as he and Neville will be joined by another ex-United star.

Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as the latest guest pundit to feature on Sky's Monday Night Football - as if Man United fans needed another excuse to tune in.

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