Gary Neville has revealed that Sky Sports removed him from commentary as Manchester City snatched the 2011/12 Premier League title on goal difference.
Speaking on The Football Show, as per Sky Sports, the former Manchester United captain said (quotes from The Mail): “Imagine if I’d been commentating on that day and my droning ‘goalgasm’ had cut across the Aguero moment. I don’t think it would have been exactly the same noise!
“I was taken off that commentary purely because the emotion was so high. I’d only been retired a year, it was s close to my retirement and I was in that studio at the end.
“I remember the United game finishing and thinking I couldn’t wish to be anywhere else in the world right now than in this stadium watching this lot suffer. I was in the best place in the world, it was amazing.
“When that [Eden] Dzeko goal went in, I thought ‘oh no, I’ve been here before, I know what’s coming.’
“I was furious with QPR’s players, forget all the City fans chanting, I couldn’t believe how bad they were. Had they found out they’d stayed up? They switched off and I was furious.”
Hearing Neville begrudgingly speak about that day throws back some unwanted memories.
I remember watching the game against Sunderland with an eye on the City game. Beforehand we agreed to focus on United — forget what City were doing — but when the final whistle went at the Stadium of Light, it was just too good to be true and QPR packed all of their efforts in.
Neville mentioned the celebrations that followed, adding: “I was in the studio above the away fans looking down towards the City fans in that corner and I have never seen carnage like that in my life.
“I’ve never seen people cry as much and scream as much, jumping over each other’s heads, I’ve never seen anything like that in terms of a football goal celebration and I was in the Nou Camp obviously in 1999.
“You can’t really see it but United fans will say it’s exactly the same. I’ve never seen it so graphically, a ground celebrate as hard as that. It was awful really.”
There is no covering it up. It was a dire day for United fans.
The season that followed turned out of be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last. He made sure to go out on a high by winning the Premier League by 11-points after addressing the goal difference ‘issue’ by signing Arsenal captain and lethal goalscorer Robin van Persie.