The Old Trafford hero had unfairly copped some stick for not including any United players in his team despite it clearly just being his opinion, and a pretty sane one at that.
United are in good form at the moment, which is perhaps part of the reason why people felt like one or two players deserved a mention, but Neville has explained his reasoning.
“I cannot find an outfield player from either club [Manchester United or Manchester City] who would get into my team of the season," Neville said in his column.
"It is a poor indictment of both Manchester clubs that the only player I can state a case for is United goalkeeper David De Gea.
"Wayne Rooney has had a good season, but not good enough to dislodge Harry Kane or Diego Costa from my team and while the improvement of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, and the solidity of Marcos Rojo, has caught the eye, they haven’t outshone the likes of Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic or John Terry.”
Seeing as Manchester United have had another poor season by their own high standards, it seems pretty uncontroversial that Neville would not select any of their stars.
De Gea perhaps is the only one who merits consideration and deserves his spot, but again that’s a reflection of the fact he’s been overworked this season.
Neville’s Team of the Year was as follows:
What do you think - is Neville right to omit Manchester United outfield players?
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