Gary Neville reveals the two most underrated players in Premier League history
Gary Neville has revealed who he thinks are the two most underrated players in Premier League history.
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The Sky Sports pundit spoke about a range of topics on Monday Night Football and was also quizzed about the toughest opponent he has ever faced in the top-flight.
Former United defender Neville gave his verdict on his old club too, labelling Old Trafford ‘a graveyard for football players’ and saying that they have only made two good signings since 2013.
But when asked about the two most underrated players he has ever faced in the Premier League, Neville said: ‘I think the one that I played against, then ended up playing at United, was Louis Saha when he played for Fulham.
‘He destroyed me at centre-back twice. Once when he was in the Championship in the FA Cup and next in the Premier League.
‘A player that played at a top Premier League club that didn’t get the plaudits of others was Michael Essien at Chelsea in those first two or three years.
‘The impact he had on that team, from his running ability, energy in midfield, balancing off Frank, I thought Essien was a brilliant player.’
Striker Louis Saha started his career in England in 1999, with a loan at Newcastle United from Metz before he moved to Fulham, scoring 63 goals in 142 games.
The Frenchman then joined United in 2004, winning two Premier League titles, the Champions League and League Cup.
Saha left Old Trafford for Everton in 2008 and also had brief stints at Tottenham and Sunderland.
Michael Essien, meanwhile, spent eight seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea and was known as a midfield engine.
The former Ghana international made 256 appearances for the Blues, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the League Cup.
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