Man Utd legend Neville hails passionate Chinese fans

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has paid tribute to the club's Chinese fans.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has paid tribute to the club's Chinese fans.

He wrote for manutd.com: "The dedication involved in following United from abroad is massive. They’re up all hours of the night watching every Premier League game. The commitment is incredible and a lot of them feel a strong connection with the club. They’re obsessed with football and Manchester United and it’s fantastic to see.

"Wednesday's game in China will pit United’s defence against two old foes: Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. They now play for Shanghai Shenhua and I think everybody's looking forward to this test. To be honest, though, most games on pre-season are a test anyway, whether it’s because of the weather conditions you’re playing in or simply because, for the other team, the game is like a cup final.

"When you add in top-class players like Drogba and Anelka things could get really interesting. They’re brilliant players and they’ll want to make a big impact on the game and help their team to victory. There’s no question it’s going to be tough in Shanghai and United won’t take anything for granted."

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