Former Manchester United captain, world class pundit, businessman and part-time politician – Gary Neville can do it all, and he has now tried his hand as an undercover escape artist.

In scenes befitting Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, the Sky Sports star has filmed ‘Operation Exit The Bridge’, in which he impressively managed to leave Chelsea’s win over West Ham unnoticed.

Neville has one of English football’s best known faces

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Neville has one of English football’s best known faces

But successfully managed to hide it under his jacket

But successfully managed to hide it under his jacket

And it’s very surprising indeed that he managed to remain undetected, after leaving the west London ground with his coat over his head and filming himself with his phone – not exactly going incognito.

The Blues managed to take the three points in a London derby that was overall a bit of a snooze-fest, with a last-minute Christian Pulisic goal deciding the tie.

And it’s now turned out most of the game’s entertainment came on the streets of West London, with Neville capturing his escape from Stamford Bridge on camera.

The Bury-born defender was one of the most recognisable faces in English football during an iconic trophy-laden career, and that’s continued into punditry.

However, the only time anyone spotted him on his way out of Chelsea was once he’d already jumped on the back of a bike to stage a rather amusing escape.

Heading out of the stadium post-match covered by his jacket, Neville had a camera filming his face, announcing: “Trying to get out of Chelsea West Ham, this is what it’s like. Little bit of a fan cam.”

Neville thought the gig might be up when the West Ham fans arrived

Neville thought the gig might be up when the West Ham fans arrived

But he then swapped hood for helmet in an instant

But he then swapped hood for helmet in an instant

The great escape looked like it could momentarily be in trouble as the away support turned up, with Neville explaining the mission would have indeed been impossible straight after his retirement from the game.

“West Ham fans joining us, oh dear, we’re forever blowing bubbles, there you go,” he said.

“How to escape a Premier League football game, I couldn’t have done this ten years ago, I think I’d have been battered. 

“But you’ve got to go with the people haven’t you. Always nice to see the police.”

And then came the magic moment, as the 47-year-old jumped on the back of a bike, only to be recognised just as he rode into the distance.

Neville got on the bike safely

Neville got on the bike safely

And it was only then that supporters noticed who it was

And it was only then that supporters noticed who it was

“At Chelsea you always get picked up at the Butchers Hook,” he revealed.

“Alan! Here’s my man, watch this!

“And I’m away, beautiful eh? What an operation. Liked that didn’t you

“It’s dead posh around here by the way as well, can’t do that at every ground.”

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