Gary Neville has explained why he disliked rooming with fellow Manchester United legend David Beckham.
United players would share hotel rooms on away trips in the early 1990s and Neville was paired with Beckham for around six months.
It is not Neville’s fondest memory from his extraordinary 19-year career at Old Trafford, however, as he says rooming with Beckham ‘did not work at all’.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I roomed with David Beckham for about six months and then the whole rooming with players completely stopped because everybody went into their own individual rooms.’
‘I think they worked out that players weren’t compatible with each other and that each went to bed at different times.’
‘I had two big problems with Becks (well, he had with me!).’
‘I used to go to bed at 9pm and wake up at 5am, he would stay up until 11pm and want to wake up at 8am, so essentially he was keeping me up from 9 until 11 and then I was getting him up at 5 in the morning, so it just wasn’t working at all.’
‘Secondly, he is the cleanest person. He gets into his room, he lights candles, he puts pictures up – everything has to be absolutely perfect, it’s been the same since he was 18.’
‘I just throw everything everywhere, so it just did not work at all.’
‘I’m always talking, always arguing and he was the complete opposite of that. ‘He would listen to music, he would want peace, he would want to be chilled and it’s just the complete opposite end of the spectrum of where I was at.’
Neville and Beckham were team-mates at Manchester United for over a decade and helped the Red Devils win six Premier League titles before Beckham left to join Real Madrid.