Neville: Players in danger [of chop] not Moyes

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One-club man of Manchester United, Gary Neville, has indicated that the players may be concerned over their immediate futures, but the manager needn't be.

Out of both domestic cup competitions and in a precarious position in the top English division, Manchester United - and David Moyes in particular - must be desperate to finish this season.

Before the campaign began, because of the retirement of Moyes' predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, there may have been an air of optimism that the current manager would be able to at least challenge for the Premier League table, perhaps even obtain the League Cup, however, the fact that the Old Trafford side are nine points behind Liverpool in the race for fourth place does not bode well for the club's ambitions of securing a passage into next season's Champions League, a competition they are currently struggling to remain in.

There was speculation earlier this week that Moyes would resign, or be dismissed, as the New York Stock Exchange were set to make an announcement regarding United's holding, prompting the rumour mill to ponder Moyes' future.

It is not the Scotsman who should be thinking about life outside of Stretford, though, according to Gary Neville, who believes that, instead, the players should be concerned.

Speaking on a Sky Sports podcast, the former right back, United mainstay and eventual captain said: 'The players will be in more danger than the manager.

'The way in which Manchester United have always worked is to give the manager time and I believe in that philosophy. Managers are getting sacked after 70 days but to even think of sacking a manager after seven months is nonsense, so I think [United] will support Moyes.'

Because of the stability at board level, Neville believes such a trait will reflect in the dugout: 'You look at the people on the board, and we're talking about the Glazer family and whether they've ever been put in this position before.

'But you look at the likes of David Gill, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson - who are obviously the main football people at Manchester United - and I don't think for one second it will be crossing their minds at this moment in time.'

He reiterated: 'The players will be more at threat and feeling nervous about whether they are part of the future.'

Reinforcing his point that Moyes will remain at the club, Neville explained that he will be entrusted with a transfer fund in the summer so that he is able to bring in fresh blood into the rebuilding project, which has only really had two first-team players added in Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata.

'I think Ed Woodwood said as part of his shareholder announcement a couple of weeks ago that the money would be there for Moyes to invest in the summer.

'I truly believe Moyes will get given the opportunity at Manchester United to complete his work.'

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