Neville: I Hated Merseyside Derbies

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Former Everton captain, Phil Neville has revealed he hated facing Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

The former Manchester United midfielder switched to Everton in 2005, with Moyes spending £3 million on him.

Neville said he preferred the Manchester derby and despite spending eight years at Everton, he hated the overhyped Merseyside derby.

“I hated Merseyside derbies, I really did. I thought they were overhyped,” he said on Sky Sports.

“I think a Manchester derby, we used to talk about from 48 hours before. Merseyside derbies were a week before.

“The masseur would put up on the wall ‘five more sleeps’. The next day ‘four more sleeps’, the next day ‘three more sleeps until the Merseyside derby’. It was the biggest game.

“We used to go into derby days full of confidence thinking we could compete but Liverpool always used to play the game.


“We got too involved in trying to smash someone early on, fans saying you’ve got to die for the badge. It was the only game Everton wanted to win.”



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