'Have I been sent to hell?' - United legend jokes about working with Liverpool old boys

Gary Neville has to mingle with the likes of Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness these days ... how does he feel about it?

It is fair to say that when Gary Neville was playing the game one club which always enjoyed giving him stick were Liverpool.

Not only was there the obvious needle between the North-West rivals, but Neville never really did himself many favours when playing for Manchester United.

Back in 2006 he got himself in trouble for his over-zealous celebration after United scored a last minute winner at Old Trafford.

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Neville never apologised for the incident, insisting that it was 'part of the game' and 'no disrespect was intended'.

He went on:

"I have to put up with Liverpool fans singing plenty of songs about me, none of them tasteful, and I struggle to believe that I have caused them any grave offence with an exuberant celebration."

But since he retired from the game Neville has gone into punditry - meaning his thoughts on Liverpool have had to thaw slightly in order to give a non-biased assessment of football on Sky Sports. And I think even the most hardened Neville hater would admit he has done that.

One person he has to work with regularly nowadays is Jamie Carragher, a Liverpool legend who back in 2006, after the celebration incident stated:

"I think there is a line and Neville crossed it. I've heard people say it's justified because he gets a lot of stick from our fans but the truth is he gets stick as he's been doing that for years."

But Neville has now addressed the situation of working with several former Liverpool heroes on Sky - this weekend Neville stated:

"Post-football, your morals go out of the window. You'll mix with anybody. I remember one week it was me, Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness for a Champions League game, and I'm thinking – have I been sent to hell here? This is my payback for 15-20 years of battering Liverpool."

So there you have it Liverpool fans, at least in his retirement Neville is being swarmed by Liverpool heroes left, right and centre.

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