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Neville desperate to return for special Manchester United match

Gary Neville has not played for Manchester United this season due to an ankle injury, yet Sky Sports report that the full-back is hopeful of playing some part in next Sunday’s match against Manchester City. The game will be the first to take place after the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash, in which the nucleus of the United team perished, and is sure to be an emotional occasion.

“It means the world to me every time I go out on the football pitch, but on a day like this it would be an incredibly proud moment,” said Neville.

“It was an awfully tragic event, but the sense of feeling runs through the club – we owe them so much. The way they played the game, the way the team play now, comes from that era.

“They (shirts) will be numbered 1 to 16, no names, no sponsors. To wear one of those shirts would be so special.

“Everyone is desperate to play every single week, but on that particular day they will be absolutely desperate to play.”

One would imagine that Neville will get an opportunity to play, even if he’s limited to a substitute appearance towards the end of the match. It’s sure to be a highly-charged affair, especially with both Manchester teams involved.

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