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Phil Neville: 'David Moyes at Manchester United for long haul'

Neville: 'Moyes at United for long haul'
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Phil Neville insists that David Moyes deserves to be considered ahead of short-term candidates like Jose Mourinho as the right man to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Former Manchester United midfielder Phil Neville has declared that David Moyes was without doubt the right man to continue Sir Alex Ferguson's work at Old Trafford.

Moyes will officially take over at United on July 1 after being chosen to succeed Ferguson by the veteran manager following his decision to retire at the end of the season.

Neville worked under Moyes for eight years at Everton and believes that his former boss got the edge over candidates such as Jose Mourinho because he will bring stability and a long-term vision to the table.

He told The Sun: "David Moyes is the best candidate, 100%. You can put him alongside any coach in the world for that job and he is the best candidate.

"He's not at United for two or three seasons. If Mourinho came to Man United you'd think, with his track record, that in maybe three seasons he'd be gone.

"People talk about Mourinho being the Special One but the gaffer has something special about him in his own way. United are looking at the next 20 years. They've just given Moyes a six-year contract, and he's probably going to be there for the rest of his managerial career. It's that kind of club."

Neville is yet to decide if he will continue playing or begin a coaching career after leaving Goodison Park at the end of his contract last weekend.


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