Manchester United first-team coach Phil Neville has been talking about the club’s campaign and what the future holds.
In an exclusive interview with Talk Sport, the ex-United player said, “It has been a disaster really. It was always going to be a massive transition after Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure and it’s just not worked out right."
You can say that again. What United fans would have hoped to be a relatively smooth transition from Ferguson to David Moyes proved anything but, as the club’s home-form cost them not just a trophy, but a place in next season’s Champions League.
Away from Old Trafford the club got a number of impressive results, but the side that regularly turned out at their home ground was a shadow of the side Ferguson sent out to battle.
With Moyes now gone, Louis van Gaal is the strong favourite to take charge next season.
For now he remains at the helm of the Dutch national squad as they prepare for this summer’s World Cup. But he is then widely reported to have just one task – turn United back into champions.
Speaking about the future, Neville said, “A new manager is coming in and we’ve just got to make sure Manchester United get back to challenging for the Premier League title.”
Reports last week suggested Neville would not be at Old Trafford next season, with he and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods said to not be in van Gaal’s plans.
But Neville’s latest interview hinted – however subtly – that he could remain at the club in some capacity.
Of course he will always refer to United as “we”, having spent so long there as a player, but the suggestion appears to be that Neville will stay to help what is going to be a difficult but exciting phase for the club whose reputation on the pitch took quite a dent this season.