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Gary Neville slams Manchester United owner for treatment of Moyes

"I genuinely believe that when you give a man a six-year contract that he deserves an opportunity and the time."

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David Moyes set to be sacked at Old Trafford less than a year after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson

Gary Neville believes that David Moyes hasn’t been given enough time as manager of Manchester United, with reports emerging which suggest the Scot is now close to the end of his reign at the north-west club.

Moyes was selected by Sir Alex Ferguson as the man to lead United into a new era, with the latter pleading with the fans to have patience with the former Everton boss, although it has been hard for supporters to stomach performances this season which have included 3-0 reverses at home to Liverpool and Manchester City.

Nevertheless, Neville feels as though Moyes needed more time to prove his worth, even if Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against Everton was one of the worst displays of the campaign.

“I’ve been associated with the club for 30 years and that’s what I’ve always believed,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ve always felt that Manchester United should be different and hold itself up as a club that basically stands against what is happening in the game.”

“From Dave Sexton to Ron Atkinson – people will say those are different times – and Sir Alex Ferguson himself got time in his early years when it was difficult for him.

“I genuinely believe that when you give a man a six-year contract that he deserves an opportunity and the time.

“The reason we are sat [in a TV studio] is because we look at football management and think of it as being a world of madness, an absolute world of madness where the average manager gets sacked every 12 months.

“I’ve always felt that Manchester United should be different and hold itself up as a club that basically stands against what is happening in the game.

“We used to laugh at Italy 20 years ago and say it was ridiculous what’s happening there, but now we have almost become accustomed to it.

“I think fans are well within their rights, but I don’t like it when professional people – people inside the game – come out with statements that suggest a manager should be sacked.

“It’s not something you’ll ever hear from me because it’s a difficult job, something that I’ve never done.”