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Veteran Neville still confident of being Man Utd first teamer

Gary Neville is to ignore the stiff competition for places at Manchester United and battle to remain in the squad. The 34 year old England international has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons and has seen his first-team opportunities limited.

He told the People: "I played a good number of games last season and I hope that continues next season because playing for this club is as special to me now as it was when I first pulled on the shirt as a schoolboy.

"Full-backs have an important role, particularly at United, in terms of the way we attack and the way in which there's a transition from defence through our full-backs to attack.

"We have always set up play and been part of the extra man situation and we always play with width.

"The way you see guys like Patrice Evra and Rafael Da Silva attacking, they are more like wingers who can defend - they aren't just full-backs any more.

"The way in which the modern full-back like Rafael, his brother Fabio and Patrice play is fantastic to watch. Before I got injured a couple of years ago you'd say I was running forward nearly all the time during the game.

"Don't get me wrong - I don't do that in the same eye-catching way as they do, but you understand the changes and development if the game and they way I've had to adapt."

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