Ferguson praises award-winning duo

Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Paul Scholes and Gary Neville after it was announced that the Manchester United duo will be honoured at the FWA Tribute Dinner next year.

The event will be held at The Savoy in London on January 22nd, and Ferguson has spoken of the players’ dedication and endurance during their long careers.

“To be recognised by the whole industry of football writers in England is a great accolade to these two players, but it’s also in testimony to the careers they’ve had,” he told Football Writers’ Association chairman Steve Bates.

“It’s not just about a couple of seasons, or that they’ve won the European Cup twice. It’s about careers spanning 18-19 years, since they joined us as kids.

“They’ve had phenomenal careers and they’ve done it in the best possible fashion – they’ve represented our club, and themselves and their families in the best possible way.”

Paul Scholes made his debut in September 1994 in a League Cup game at Port Vale. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win.

Gary Neville made his debut in a UEFA Cup match against Torpedo Moscow in September 1992. The game (and the tie) finished a draw, with the Russian side progressing on penalties.

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