Neville: Moyes would get a standing ovation now

by Richard Laverty

Phil Neville claims Manchester United supporters would welcome back David Moyes if he ever returned to Old Trafford and recognise the effort he put in to being a successful manager.

Moyes was sacked in April 2014 after a ten month period where United slumped from being champions to failing to qualify for Europe and Neville also left the club in the summer after working with Ryan Giggs for the final four games of the season.

The former United defender admits things didn’t go the way they wanted but believes supporters aren’t blind to the effort Moyes put in.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Neville said: “If he walked back into Old Trafford now he’d get a standing ovation.

“The fans recognise he had guts taking that job. A few top managers went ducking for cover when it became available, but David Moyes said, “I’ll take the job”. I think he should be proud of that.”

But the former coach believes they were destined to fail after a disastrous transfer window set the tone for the season at Old Trafford.

“Our first transfer window was probably the beginning of the end, in that we didn’t bring in the freshness that we needed,” he continued. “From then onwards it was an uphill struggle. I don’t think we ever got the team playing to the level David Moyes wanted them to play. We couldn’t get the momentum you need to win trophies. The biggest disappointment was losing that League Cup game to Sunderland. If we had gone on to win a trophy, beating Manchester City, things could have been very different. That was the turning point. Everything seemed a struggle and a fight after that.”

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