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Former Everton skipper Phil Neville has labeled his brother Gary an “idiot” over a not-so-warm welcome he received at Old Trafford.
Phil had signed for Everton in the summer of , leaving boyhood club Manchester United with his brother captaining the Red Devils.
The former Blues midfielder has opened up on his first return to Old Trafford since his exit, which ended in a 2-0 defeat for the visitors.
Phil has recalled seeing his brother in the tunnel, saying he was ignored while the cameras were around – but it was a different story once they were turned off.
“It was one of the early games, and I went down the tunnel, and you just think, he’s going to say hello. And he did, ”the former Toffees midfielder told the Daily Mail.
He added: “Giggsy said hello, Scholesy said hello. I think Wes [Brown] was there and said hello.
“And then there’s a camera right in front of where the captains are and I thought, ‘ typical Gary, he’s playing to the cameras, playing for show ‘.
“The minute we went past the camera, seriously, he went,’ all right Phil, how’s it going? ‘.
“What an absolute idiot. For the cameras, for Sky Sports and his image, he thought, ‘I’m not saying hello to him’. I thought: ‘Nah, that’s not for me’. ”
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Neville then went on to describe how his family were divided for a time after his move away from Old Trafford.
He added: “My twin sister was obviously in the Everton end, so it tore the whole family apart. It was just one of the games where if United won, I probably got criticism from the Everton fans for being a United fan.
“If Everton won, my family wouldn’t speak to me. It was just one of those awkward situations. I just wanted that game out of the way. ”
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