Gary Neville has named former Tottenham winger, David Ginola, as the man he feared the most during Manchester United’s treble-winning run in 1999.
Manchester United’ achievement of winning the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup has not been repeated since.
That certainly shows the quality that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side possessed around that time but Neville has admitted that he feared Ginola might spoil the club’s chances of winning the league when Spurs travelled to Old Trafford on the final day of the campaign.
The Frenchman was in spectacular form that season and consistently troubled opposition defences with his skills and dribbling ability.
In fact, the winger won the PFA Player of the Year award that campaign despite the fact that Spurs finished eleventh in the table.
Thankfully for Neville, Ginola went off injured in the first half during the final game of the season, with the Red Devils going on to win 2-1. However, he admitted that he dreaded coming up against the winger.
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“This was the game I was most nervous about out of the three.
“I was fine in the FA Cup final and fine in the European Cup final but this game made me nervous because he gave me a tough time earlier on in the season and I thought, ‘If we win the league there’s a pretty good chance he’ll have a massive impact on the game.'”
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Ginola was the kind of player to get fans on their feet every single time he got on the ball. In many respects, he was exactly the kind of player that the Tottenham faithful love watching and it isn’t surprising that he has been named in the club’s Hall of Fame despite only spending three seasons at White Hart Lane.