Neville won great praise for keeping Bale quiet after the 1-1 draw.
â€śGarethâ€™s probably the most in-from left winger in the world at the moment, certainly the most talked about, and I was so lucky that I had Seamus Coleman in front of me,â€ť said Neville. â€śHe did a great job and at times I had to use my experience. Bale has probably outpaced every full-back in the league and with Leighton Baines on the other wing against Aaron Lennon, you probably wonâ€™t find two faster wingers anywhere.
â€śSo we had our work cut out on Saturday but I thoroughly enjoyed the battle and it is what I came into football for, to play against the best players and at the moment Gareth Bale is one of the best players.
â€śI was pleased with the way it went, you have got to make sure Seamus and the midfielders were in the right positions and then just use your experience.
â€śAt times I had to be aggressive with Bale and at times drop off. I couldnâ€™t give him space to open his legs because once he does that then no full-back in the world is going to catch him. I just needed to make sure I was never in that situation.
â€śIt was a hard earned point and we knew we were going to have to defend well. With a little bit more quality on the counter attack we couldâ€™ve nicked it. When you go a goal up you hope to keep possession for 20 minutes and see out the first half. If we had gone in at half-time 1-0 up then Iâ€™m sure we wouldâ€™ve won the game but we conceded a soft goal."