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Neville eager for United spot
14 Jun 2009 - 16:03:16
Manchester United's veteran full-back Gary Neville is determined to try and regain a regular starting spot with the Premier League champions.
The 34-year-old has been linked with a possible move to Middlesbrough, but insists that he is not about to end his illustrious career at Old Trafford.
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.
"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 in the game and the way I've had to adapt."