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Phil Neville Denies Favouritism After Handing Son MLS Contract At Inter Miami

Phil Neville Denies Favouritism After Handing Son MLS Contract At Inter Miami
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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The Nevilles are one of the most prominent families of the Premier League era, with both Gary and Phil winning the title on numerous occasions and enjoying long careers in the division. The pair were key members of the Manchester United squad for a number of years

For a while, it looked as though the family's impact at Old Trafford were about to continue. Harvey Neville, son of Phil, was part of the club's youth teams and played all the way up until U23 level.

However, he has since made the move to America to play for MLS side Inter Miami. Coincidentally, the club is also managed by his father.

Neville has yet to make an appearance in the MLS, instead lining out for their second team.

Despite this, he was handed a new contract by the club earlier this week.

Phil Neville denies favouritism after handing son new contract


Harvey Neville's career has closely followed that of his father.

Having spent time at both Manchester United and Manchester City in his formative years, the defender would make the move to Valencia in 2015. This was also the time during which his father acted as a first team coach at the club.


When the 20-year old left United in 2021, he soon made the move to the MLS to once again work under Phil.

This new contract has inevitably led to accusations of favouritism from the Inter Miami manager, something he has denied. In fact, he said his son actually must work harder than other players.

When I'm at work he's just another young boy that came through our ranks, that has been in our system, played in the MLS II and deserved this opportunity...

Obviously at home I'm super proud, he has worked so hard and sacrificed so much. He has done it in a way where he has had to overcome many challenges and one of those challenges is having me as his manager. He knows that he has to work and probably do more than everyone else.

This is well deserved. I said to him the other day when he signed his contract, now the hard work begins...

He has had that noise all his career. At Manchester United it was worse, he had his father and his uncle being thrown in his face.

He has got thick skin and is very driven. Everything he has ever achieved in his life he has had to earn himself. He made the decision at 11-years old to go and sign for Manchester City, which was against the wishes of everybody in our family. That was his decision, he wanted to create his own pathway...

I'm his father at home, at work I'm his manager. That's how it's got to be. He knows he has got to do more than everybody else.

Harvey Neville has actually been capped by the Republic of Ireland at youth level, raising eyebrows when he lined out for the U19 side on one occasion back in 2019. He was called up to an U20 training camp earlier this year, although he did not travel across the Atlantic on this occasion.


Inter Miami are currently in sixth position in the MLS Eastern Conference, just inside the play-off positions.

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