Man Utd legend with shock doping claim against Italian teams

Manchester United legend Gary Neville
Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Photo by Shutterstock.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has claimed that he thought some Italian teams they faced in Europe under Sir Alex Ferguson “weren’t clean”.

United faced the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio in Europe while Ferguson was in charge.

Neville made the doping claim on the football podcasts, Stick to Football, which he hosts together with Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and Ian Wright.

“There are a couple that stick in my mind,” Neville said on the Stick to Football podcast. “I think there were a few teams that we played against that weren’t clean.

“We thought it at the time. I remember me and Giggsy in the mid-2000s … around the mid-90s.

“My point is that when you look back now at what came out after in cycling and other sports and doctors, we thought at the time there were things that physically … sorry, we were fit, we weren’t drinkers, we were fit, there’s something not right.

“I came off the pitch against an Italian team and thought, “that’s not right”. I’m sorry. I know that a couple of the other lads mid-2000s thought exactly the same thing.”