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Gary Neville names the biggest 'scumbag' he's ever played against

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Gary Neville was certainly no angel during his 602 appearances at Manchester United.

The right-back picked up numerous bookings and was no stranger to a strong challenge on a tricky winger.

He even received a heavy fine for his antagonising celebrations at Old Trafford after his side had scored a late winner against Liverpool.

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But there were some players that Neville come up against that were a lot worse than him.

When asked to name the biggest ’scumbag’ he'd ever played against, the United legend didn’t hesitate in naming one disgusting player.

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"There was this Argentine player,” he said when speaking to the Oxford Union last week, per the Daily Mail.

“He was called (Julio) Cruz, a tall lad for Feyernoord. He spat at me in the face. I think the referee saw it and turned away. It shocked me and that was one of the worst things you can do on the football pitch.”

Inter Milan's Argentinian forward Julio

He may have played 22 times for Argentina - as well as playing for Inter Milan for six seasons - but many Premier League fans wouldn’t have heard of Cruz.

Therefore, Neville also named a player that played in the Premier League - although he admits that he probably wouldn’t brand him a ‘scumbag’.

“You probably want someone more well-known, though....I wouldn't say scumbag but playing against Robbie Fowler for Liverpool and Man City was always....interesting.

"We actually got on well off-the-pitch and at England meets. On the pitch, he once questioned the looks of my girlfriend!”

Robbie Fowler and Gary Neville

While spitting in opponents’ faces is awful, Manchester United could actually do with a few ‘scumbags’ in their side right now.

In the past, they’ve had the likes of Roy Keane, Nemanja Vidic, Jaap Stam and Eric Cantona who could certainly look after themselves. However, this current crop of players don’t appear to have that nasty side to them and have struggled for consistency in the early part of this season.

Jose Mourinho’s side face a crunch match against Arsenal this lunchtime knowing that they must win to haul themselves back into a title race.

We don’t want to see spitting, but a fierce rivalry and a few strong challenges wouldn’t go a miss.

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