- Gary Neville claimed he thought some Italian teams 'weren't clean' in the 2000s
- Man United faced five different European sides in the Champions League
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The former Old Trafford stars said that Italian teams, in particular, had aroused the suspicions of the United players, with Neville claiming they ‘weren’t clean’.
Speaking on the Stick To Football podcast with Keane, Jamie Carragher and Ian Wright, Neville drew comparisons between football and other sports with doping issues like cycling.
‘There are a couple that stick in my mind,’ he said. ‘I think there were a few teams that we played against that weren’t clean.
Gary Neville claimed that he felt a team he played against in the 2000s featured players that 'weren't clean'
Roy Keane indicated that he felt players leaving the pitch looked like 'they've not even played a match'
Keane and Neville faced five different Italian teams in the Champions League while playing together
‘We thought it at the time. I remember me and Giggsy in the mid-2000s … around the mid-90s.
‘My point is that when you look back now at what came out after in cycling and other sports and doctors, we thought at the time there were things that physically … sorry, we were fit, we weren’t drinkers, we were fit, there’s something not right.
‘I came off the pitch against an Italian team and thought, “that’s not right”. I’m sorry. I know that a couple of the other lads mid-2000s thought exactly the same thing.’
Keane agreed with his former team-mate as he recalled facing the Italians in Europe.
‘When we played certain teams I would be walking off and you were absolutely shattered,’ said Keane.
Man United duo were part of the 1999 Champions League winning team that sealed a Treble
‘I remember it. I would be looking at the players I played against, a couple of the Italian teams, and they looked like they’d not even played a match.
‘Why can’t we talk about that? We’re not naming names or clubs.’
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