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Neville will no longer skipper United

13 Sep 2010 - 16:11:41

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Gary Neville will no longer captain Manchester United.

Neville, 35, succeeded Roy Keane as Old Trafford skipper in 2005 but the veteran defender's comparative lack of first-team action in recent times has led Ferguson to hand the armband to a new captain.

Neville will continue to be United's club captain but will no longer be in possession of the on-pitch armband.

In Rio Ferdinand's absence this season through injury, either fellow defender Nemanja Vidic or veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs have been given the honour.

"Gary is still club captain but I have been looking for someone who is going to be playing consistently every week," explained Ferguson.

"Over the last two or three years we have had to pass the baton along the line a few times.

"We have not had a consistent captain because Gary's injuries have prevented him playing all the time.

"If he was available all the time he would be the captain. He would have been on Saturday. But I have to look at the overall picture.

"With all due respect to Gary's time at United, he knows and I know, we don't play him every week and I am looking for someone who does."

Neville, who made his first appearance of the season in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Everton, supports the decision.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's Champions League encounter with Rangers, he said: "It is a great honour but it has never been the major priority for me.

"I wasn't captain for most of my career not as captain. It is not unusual."

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