Phil Neville on David Moyes’s attitude towards lower league opposition

David Moyes

Former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville hails David Moyes’s attitude in cup competitions.

Phil Neville has been singing the praises of David Moyes’s attitude towards cup competitions in England.

Former England international Neville played under Moyes at Everton from 2005 until 2013, before working under him as a first-team coach at Manchester United.

Moyes did not win any major silverware with the Toffees, but he always had a positive attitude whenever his side played lower league opposition.

Neville has now given an insight into how Moyes saw such games and told The Guardian: “We played Macclesfield (in the FA Cup in January 2009) and he actually took us to the ground and showed us the dressing room the day before.

“He didn’t want the foreign players in particular to have a culture shock in terms of the pitch, the surroundings, the dressing rooms on the day of the game, he wanted that shock out of their system.

“He really understood because he played and managed in the lower leagues so he knew what it meant. That’s something he often did against lower league teams.

“There’s not enough room for massage tables or baths. He wanted to make sure they couldn’t use that as an excuse the day after for their performances.”

Moyes is currently in charge of Spanish club Real Sociedad.

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