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Last Updated: Friday, 2 December 2005, 12:58 GMT
Neville appointed Man Utd skipper
Gary Neville
Gary Neville has been appointed as the new club captain of Manchester United.

The 30-year-old England defender was confirmed as Roy Keane's successor by manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday.

Ferguson had drawn up a short-list of three, including Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy, who skippered United in the aftermath of Keane's departure.

However, with Neville recovered from the groin injury which had ruled him out for most of this season, Ferguson has handed him the captain's armband.

The United boss explained why Giggs, the one man who has been at Old Trafford longer than Neville, had been overlooked.

"Given the service Gary has given this club, it is the right decision," said Ferguson.

"Ryan was under consideration, but you cannot expect someone of his age to be running up and down the touchline every game.

"He will still play a lot of matches for us, but we want to try and keep the freshness in his legs, so he will not play every week."

Neville has been at Old Trafford for 12 years and is approaching 500 appearances for the club.

The right-back injured his groin in the Champions League qualifier against Debreceni in August, and has only recently started playing again for the Reds.




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