Former footballer who won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League with Manchester United. Phil regularly appears as a pundit on both radio and TV.
Born in Bury, Greater Manchester, Phil Neville, along with brother Gary, was one of “Fergie’s Fledglings”. He started training with the Manchester United Academy along with his brother, then later joined as a trainee, making his first-team debut in the 1994–95 season.
Phil joined Everton on a five-year contract in 2005. He made his debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Villarreal CF of Spain, coming face-to-face with his former Manchester United colleague Diego Forlán. The following weekend, Neville made his FA Premier League debut for the Toffees, against Manchester United. The match marked the first time Phil and brother Gary Neville had played for opposing teams.
On 19 April 2009, Neville scored his penalty to help knock out his former club, Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. He sent the keeper the wrong way, putting it low to the keeper’s right. On 19 February 2011, Neville scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out against Chelsea to knock them out of the FA Cup after a 1–1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Neville was regularly picked for England squads, making his debut on his 19th birthday against China in 1996. He played alongside his brother Gary in this match; they had appeared together in the 1996 FA Cup Final two weeks earlier and thus were the first pair of brothers to play together in an FA Cup-final winning side and for England in the same season since Hubert and Francis Heron in 1876, 120 years earlier.
Phil Neville could play in defence or midfield; due to this versatility, he operated in a number of different positions throughout his career, but was most often used as a full-back.
After earning his UEFA B Coaching Licence, Neville began his coaching career in 2012, filling in for Stuart Pearce with the England under-21s. When David Moyes, Neville’s manager at Everton, left to join Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement in May 2013, Neville was considered for the Everton job, but he ultimately followed Moyes to Manchester United as the club’s first-team coach.
He regularly appears as a pundit on football radio commentaries and has appeared as pundit on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme. Phil Neville was employed by BBC One as a commentator and pundit during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.