Gary Neville opens up about that Paul Scholes kiss in 2010

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During a big match against your fierce rivals, it can sometimes be hard to control your emotions.

One player that definitely found it hard to stay calm during his career was Gary Neville.

There were two clubs that the former right-back just loved to hate: Liverpool and Manchester City - and you could tell.

Back in 2006, he was fined £10,000 for his wild celebration in front of the travelling Liverpool fans at Old Trafford after Rio Ferdinand’s late winner.

Four years later, he was celebrating a victory against Manchester City in a very different way. Paul Scholes had scored a dramatic winner at the Etihad to keep their title hopes alive with just three matches remaining - a title race that they eventually lost to Chelsea by one point.

However, at the time, you couldn’t blame the United players for their joyous celebrations as they looked to win their fourth consecutive Premier League.

But instead of hugging or hauling Scholes down to the ground to thank him for his last-gasp header, Neville had other ideas.

He gave Scholes a massive kiss on the lips to say his thanks, an image that has gone down in history.

Neville's emotions

And now, in a talk with the Oxford Union, Neville has explained exactly why he landed a smacker on his teammates’ lips.

“Against City and Liverpool I couldn’t control my emotions,” he admitted.

“If we scored a late winner I did stupid things, like kissing Scholesy!”

As mentioned, Scholes’ 93rd-minute winner wasn’t quite enough to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s side overhaul Chelsea in an exciting title race.

Present day

Fast forward to the present day and United have a lot of work to do to experience those title depending moments this season.

Jose Mourinho’s side are already eight points off table-toppers Liverpool having only won five times in their 11 league fixtures so far.

Neville is now a Sky Sports pundit analysing his former side, but there’s no doubt his passion still remains. If the Red Devils do haul themselves back into a title race and score a late winner against Liverpool and City this season, don’t be surprised to see Neville trying to kiss the nearest person to him.

Jamie Carragher, watch out.

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