Manchester United played a friendly with a difference at Forest Green Rovers as
Whilst United's first team was in
On one level, it was an opportunity for the likes of
"Sports bring everyone together at all age groups," said Neville.
"You saw the power of
"That means we can combine children and young people with the fact that sustainability, energy and climate change are huge issues in today's society. Hopefully it is a good marriage."
For the record, United's victory - sealed thanks to an excellent goal from young Brazilian trialist Agnaldo - was achieved in a ground that is powered by a ground-based solar system, surrounded by wildlife habitats, on a near fully-organic pitch where all the water is recycled against players wearing shirts washed by phosphate-free powder.
It is a quite revolutionary combination, the brainchild of Neville's fellow visionary
"It is a pilot project," said Neville.
"Dale set up the UK's first renewable energy company 20 years ago.
"Other clubs will follow but we need to promote the message and make people more aware because the issue of climate change is not going away and sport cannot ignore it."
However, there was a more fundamental aspect to the game, which allowed Neville to recount his own playing days.
"I remember playing in these types of games in pre-season as a youth player," he said.
"It is a big part of your education.
"You are playing in front of a few thousand as opposed to later in the season when there might be 500 for the reserves.
"Manchester United bring young players through and hopefully some of these lads can go on to become really great footballers."
England Under-18 international Blackett has the most obvious chance, having made a positive impression during United's recent tour of
Midfield duo Adnan Januzaj and Mats Daehli are others who are making an impact, although, as usual, though they will be presented with opportunities, the competition for that coveted first-team berth will be huge.
"The manager will always sign players he believes will develop into exceptional players," said Neville.
"There have been these stories about Lucas and no one knows what is going to happen with
"It is always difficult to find the right players though.
"Manchester United already have an excellent squad who finished equal on points with the champions last year."
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