Neville: Last term a disaster

Phil Neville admits the 2013/14 season was 'an absolute disaster' for Manchester United and that he must share responsibility for that.

Last Updated: 09/08/14 at 13:11 Post Comment

Phil Neville: Has decided against staying on at Manchester United

Phil Neville: Has decided against staying on at Manchester United

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

United, as the reigning Premier League champions, flopped spectacularly following the retirement of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the appointment of David Moyes as his successor.

Neville, a product of the Old Trafford academy system, formed part of Moyes’ coaching staff and stayed on once Ryan Giggs was handed the reins on an interim basis towards the end of the campaign.

He has turned down the opportunity to remain part of the set-up under Louis van Gaal, but concedes that he must shoulder some of the blame for a forgettable 12 months that have left the new United manager rebuilding on and off the field.

Neville said: “I was involved last year and last year was an absolute disaster.

“It was an absolute disaster from start to finish and we must all take responsibility, not just David Moyes. I take responsibility and so does everyone involved.”

Neville may have passed up the opportunity to help bring about a reversal in fortune, but he is convinced that United will fare considerably better than their seventh-placed standing from last term when the battle for top-flight supremacy resumes.

He added: “I think we’re going to win the league. I’m sure that’s what Louis van Gaal will be saying to the players because second isn’t any good at Manchester United.

“For United, it’s finishing top, as Premier League champions. It’s about regrouping and all the lads have come back for pre-season and they look like they’re ready to win the league again.

“We’ve got a great chance this year because there’s no European football so we can concentrate solely on the league.

“And from what I saw in pre-season and the support we had, the club keeps getting bigger and bigger, and I think we’re on the right road again.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

Dejphon Chansiri targets Premier League by 2017 for Sheffield Wednesday

New owner Dejphon Chansiri has set his sights on getting Sheffield Wednesday back into the Premier League.

Chelsea captain John Terry not planning England return despite Wembley heroics

John Terry has no plans to reconsider his international retirement despite an emotional Capital One Cup win at Wembley.

Eden Hazard says Chelsea desire strong for more trophies

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea will be relentless in their desire to add further honours to Sunday's Capital One Cup success this season.

Mail Box

Henderson The Best Midfielder In PL?

Jordan Henderson is named by two afternoon Mailboxers as the PL's best midfielder, while another suggests Man United are trying to emulate Barca...

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company