Sir Alex Ferguson: 'Gary Neville has fantastic character'

England coach Gary Neville watches a training session on August 11, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson hails the "character" of former Manchester United player Gary Neville.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the "character" of his former player Gary Neville.

The former full-back now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, as well as a member of the coaching staff with the England national team following his retirement from football in 2011.

When asked about Neville during an interview with US network PBS, Ferguson said: "Fantastic character. Gary gets up every morning at 6am, reads every newspaper. He wants to know what's going on in the world and more about everything, you know.

"He's such a successful person. He's no genius, but he's really good, really good. He's also doing his very own business."

Neville is poised to launch a restaurant and hotel with current United player-coach Ryan Giggs.

Manchester United's midfielder Ryan Giggs controls the ball during a friendly football match between AIK and Manchester United on August 6, 2013
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