Former Manchester United star, Gary Neville, has opened up on an incident involving his ex-teammate, Ruud van Nitselrooy and the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Account to Neville, the year was 2002, and United had just been beaten 3-1 by Manchester City. However, instead of burying his head in disappointment, van Nitselrooy chose to swap jerseys with a City player, and it didn’t go down well with Sir Alex.
Narrating the incident on the Quickly Kevin, Will He Score podcast, Neville said: “I always remember, after that game Ruud van Nistelrooy had swapped shirts with a [Manchester] City player.
“The City player had come up to him and swapped shirts. He [Ferguson] said, ‘You do not give away one of those shirts. They’re my shirts. They’re this club’s shirts, they’re not your shirts. You’re just wearing them temporarily. That’s not your possession to give away’.
“He stopped us swapping shirts in domestic games. I think he said after that game, ‘I should let the fans in here. I should let the fans come in here and speak to you.'”
We understand that it’s a regular tradition for players to exchange jerseys with the opposition after a match, but it definitely should not happen when you lose 3-1 to a city rival.