An out-and-out Red, a Manchester United legend, winner of eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, and one FIFA Club World Cup, Gary Alexander Neville will soon be in India to paint the town Red.
The ex-United and England right-back will arrive in Mumbai on January 12th at the Manchester United Cafe at Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel for a book signing event of his own autobiography titled RED: My Autobiography.
The former Red Devils’ captain, who spent 19 years at the club making 400 appearances and finding the net 5 times, seemed pretty excited on his maiden trip to India, claiming he is looking forward to meet his fans from the sub-continent.
Neville will first finish a book signing at the Sunway Pyramid, Malaysia on 8th January before heading to the land of customs on Jan 12.
Neville and his club Manchester United are no strangers to India, with the Reds boasting around 20 million fans from India alone. In fact, such is United’s craze in India that the reigning English champions have opened as many as three (3) Manchester United Merchandise stores across the country last month. The stores were opened in Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkatta thanks to Manchester United Merchandising (MUML)’s partnership with Indus-League Clothing Ltd., a part of the Future Group.
This is really exciting for football fans in India, who know that slowly but surely their country seems to be heading in the right direction in the sport.
Previously, English (Barclays) Premier League side Blackburn Rovers — who incidentally beat United on the last day of 2011 — were acquired by Indian firm Venky’s, who managed to bring the lads over to Pune in India for a friendly match against local I-League team Pune FC.
Next week, on January 10, German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich will visit India to play the Indian National Team in a farewell match for India’s best player, captain, and certainly the face of Indian football, Bhaichung Bhutia.