Moyes, 50, took over from long-serving Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, and despite a rough period of results, it appears the new regime is starting to settle in – and Neville, a former player under Ferguson, believes that Moyes is now beginning to turn things around.
In an interview with BBC Sport, former Everton man Neville spoke of his opinion that United players were beginning to trust Moyes' ideas more, leading to improved results.
“When you’ve had one manager who has had such a big influence on a club for 27 years, it was always going to take time for the new manager to bed down his ideas and I think it has taken three or four months,” Neville said.
“Now the players are beginning to trust and believe in what the manager is trying to do. He is trying to make them better.
“It was always going to take a bit of time after one man had controlled the club for so long, there was always going to be a transition period.”
Poor results against local rivals Liverpool and Manchester City piled pressure on Moyes, but it was dropped points at home against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton which seemed to cause the most doubt, with Ferguson's United usually steamrollering teams of that ilk.
The 1-0 win over leaders Arsenal has restored faith in Moyes though, and the Red Devils are now expected to make a push for the title, with the gap cut to just five points. Neville's assessment that United have turned the corner seems to be well placed – but the coming months will be the real indicator.
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