Manchester United legend Gary Neville names Arsenal star Marc Overmars as his toughest opponent

Gary Neville and Marc Overmars in action for Manchester United and Arsenal
Overmars tormented Neville (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville revealed Marc Overmars as his toughest opponent after the Arsenal winger tormented him in a Charity Shield game.

Manchester United and Arsenal played each other in 1998 Charity Shield, a game the Gunners won 3-0.

Dutch star Overmars scored Arsenal’s opener after half an hour and Neville admitted he was ‘tormented’ by the skilled Gunner.

Asked on Twitter which player tormented him the most in a single game, Neville replied: ‘Overmars, charity shield. [United centre-back] Jaap’s (Stam) first game as well.’

Despite losing the Charity Shield to Arsenal, the 1998/1999 season would be a thrilling success for United and Neville.

United would pip Arsenal to the league title by a point and win the FA CUP and Champions League in the same campaign.

And Neville would not have to contend with containing Overmars for much longer as the forward left Arsenal in 2000 to join Barcelona.

While Neville enjoyed incredible success at United, the club has gone into decline since the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

Former Red Devil Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now in charge at Old Trafford and Neville thinks the coronavirus pandemic will present United with an opportunity to make up ground on the top clubs.

‘If we hadn’t had this virus, I think Man Utd could’ve been two or three years away,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘Where I think there is a massive change in making them competitive is if you were a top player in Europe at this moment in time, and you had the choice of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City – all those clubs -Manchester United would likely lose out on those players because of where they are in the cycle of the team.

‘I think now, out of those eight clubs, I think six of them could be completely redundant in the transfer market in terms of spending £60million, £80m.

‘Manchester United’s ability will still be there.

‘United still need to add a few players of really high quality, and they are in a position to be able to capitalise this summer in the transfer market.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at a Manchester United Press Conference
Solskjaer was a team-mate of Neville’s (Picture: Getty)

‘They will be one of the clubs who still has some ability to do some business, and whereas in the past they’ve found it difficult to keep prices and wages down in the past eight years, they’ll be in a very strong position to hold their nerve this summer.

‘This is a really important summer for Manchester United. If football can get back in the next few weeks, Manchester United can get back to how they were pre-lockdown, starting to keep clean sheets.

‘The midfield looked like it was starting to tick and getting goals out of that front three, you start looking at the glass being half-full versus it being half-empty and being the 30 points or whatever off Liverpool, and the fact that they’re a million miles away.

‘So I don’t know why it is, but I feel a little more confident in Manchester United’s ability to challenge next season just because of what’s happened, and the fact they started to play a lot better before this lockdown.’

MORE: Dimitar Berbatov reveals Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest attribute

MORE: Ray Parlour reveals time Arsene Wenger stepped in to defend Robert Pires in Arsenal training

Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

No comments