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.

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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