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Everton skipper Neville tells Man Utd: Ronaldo tackle was clean

Everton captain Phil Neville has dismissed complaints from Manchester United over a robust tackle made during their 1-1 draw.

Just before the hour mark Neville was booked following a tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo. Although replays showed it was a superb challenge, the incident incensed United players, with Rio Ferdinand sprinting across the field to remonstrate with his former teammate.

"Tackles are a part of football," Neville told manutd.com. "If you take that out you take away a part of the game. It was a great game of football, there was no rough stuff, just commitment on a greasy surface.

"I don't think I even fouled Ronaldo, I won the ball clearly."

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