Phil Neville: Moyes has been preparing for Manchester United job all his life

The new first team coach says the former Everton manager is well prepared to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout and is full of praise for his coaching ability
First-team coach Phil Neville believes Manchester United manager David Moyes has been preparing to manage “the best” his whole life.

Neville joined the former Everton boss at Old Trafford after deciding to retire from playing at the end of last season.

The 36-year-old played under Moyes for eight years at Goodison Park, where he was given the captain's armband by the former Preston boss, and believes the Scot has what it takes to be a success.

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“David has been preparing for this job all his life and whether it be at Preston or Everton he has, at the back of his mind, always been thinking that one day he wanted to manage the best,” Neville told The Sun

“He has the drive and the determination and already he has the respect of the players.”

Dutch fitness specialist Raymond Verheijen recently criticised Moyes’s training methods, referring to him as a "dinosaur" after Robin Van Persie sustained an injury, but Neville disagrees.

“That is his strength — out on the training field when he is coaching the team," Neville continued.

“As a young coach, you can learn a massive amount from his sessions. The players have said that the structure and the way each session has a theme has challenged them.

“David is very hands-on and likes to do a lot of the coaching.

“It is not just about stamping his own style, but it is continuing the style we have got and that United demand while adding his own touches to it as well.”