Gary Neville admits he was disappointed but also “relieved” for both the club and the player when David Beckham left Manchester United.
“I was disappointed when he left but I was also disappointed when Nicky Butt left. I was disappointed when my brother left, I was disappointed when Roy Keane left and I was disappointed when Denis Irwin left. They were a massive part of our lives and our careers at United,” he told Stretty News TV.
“When David left, to be honest with you, at the time ‘sad’ probably wasn’t the right word. I was probably relieved a little bit. For him, for the club – it could never end badly, that relationship.
“There was a bit of me that was relieved that that tension, that little bit of an underlying thing that was there had gone. He was a brilliant player and I loved playing with him and knew exactly what he was going to do and he knew exactly what I was going to do.”
“David Beckham always harboured this hope of playing abroad, I think, and playing in European football,” Neville said. “Looking at what he’s done in his career now – playing at Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, it’s a great career.
“You can’t look at it and think that he was wrong. He’s richer for those experiences in terms of just life experiences he’s had were just incredible.”