Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires

Gary Neville says Manchester United would try to 'wind up' two Arsenal legends
Gary Neville says Manchester United would try to ‘wind up’ two Arsenal legends (Picture: Sky Sports)

Gary Neville has revealed Manchester United would always try to ‘wind up’ Thierry Henry and Robert Pires when they faced Arsenal in the Premier League.

Henry and Pires were key members of the Arsenal squads that won domestic titles in 2001-02 and 2003-04 and went unbeaten throughout that latter campaign.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United developed a fierce rivalry in that period and Neville says his team would turn to the dark arts in order to gain an advantage.

‘I would try and wind up other players if I could and get an influence over them,’ the former Red Devils captain told Sky Sports.

‘When you’re playing against Robert Pires and Thierry Henry for Arsenal, we would try and wind them up and do things that would influence them.

‘We would try to take their minds of the game and niggle at them.’

Neville added: ‘I don’t think I could get wound up too much but I got played once.

‘I got sent off in a Manchester derby for putting my head towards Steve McManaman.

‘But when you look at the replays there was was a Liverpool thing going on because it was McManaman, [Joey] Barton and [Robbie] Fowler all going at me.

‘I definitely got played that game but it was a bit of a one-off I think.’

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