Juve testimonial for United veteran Neville

Updated: 09 April 2011 18:05 IST

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville will bring the curtain down on his 18-year career with the club with a testimonial against Italian giants Juventus at Old Trafford on Tuesday, May 24.

Juve testimonial for United veteran Neville

London:

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville will bring the curtain down on his 18-year career with the club with a testimonial against Italian giants Juventus at Old Trafford on Tuesday, May 24.

Neville, 36, had intended to play a testimonial fixture at the start of this season but was forced to put the game back due to the impossibility of finding a suitable date.

He played his final game at West Brom in January, when he was fortunate to escape a red card for the second time this season.

In total Neville, who made his United debut as a 17-year-old against Torpedo Moscow, made 602 appearances for the club he supported all his life, won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League in 1999.

In addition, Neville won 85 England caps.

"I am delighted to be given this game by the club," he said.

"It is going to be a very emotional night for me, especially as I pull on that red shirt once more in what will be my last game for the club.

"I intend to savour every moment and I hope the fans can share in my special night."

Neville has pledged to use the proceeds to support sustainable projects within the community, an issue close to his heart, and also has plans for supporter initiatives home and abroad.

"Gary has been a loyal servant of Manchester United and this is a fitting tribute to honour Gary and his career," said club manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"It also gives the fans the opportunity to show their admiration and appreciation for a player who is very much one of them.

"We have had many great games against Juventus in the past and I am sure this will be another memorable night."

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