Blogs & Opinion


Gary Neville: Relief for David Moyes as he gets big win under belt

Gary Neville - Gary Neville Posted 26th September 2013 view comments

Manchester United's 1-0 over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup has taken the pressure off David Moyes, says Gary Neville.

After a miserable 4-1 defeat in the Manchester derby against City on Sunday, there was relief for Moyes as Javier Hernandez scored an early second-half goal to hand United a place in the fourth round at the expense of their fierce rivals.

David Moyes: Has eased the pressure with a win against Liverpool

David Moyes: Has eased the pressure with a win against Liverpool

It would be almost unthinkable for United fans if the team had lost to both of their biggest rivals within four days and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes this "big game" win will ease the pressure on the new manager.

He told Sky Sports: "There's always a huge inquest, especially after a defeat like that in the derby and the pressure does build.

You could see there was a sparkle in his eyes that he's got a big win under his belt.

Gary Neville
Quotes of the week

"Relief is the word to describe for Moyes, he was happy at the end. You could see there was a sparkle in his eyes that he's got a big win under his belt.

"It was tough there, it was a hard-fought victory that. Liverpool didn't play badly in the game and had a few chances. United had to dig in there to get that result."

Awkward Liverpool

For Liverpool it was a second defeat in as many games and Neville believes the Reds lacked concentration and struggled to finish chances, despite having striker Luis Suarez return to the squad from a 10-game ban.

"Every time the ball came in the box for Liverpool, whether it was Kolo Toure, whether it was Jordan Henderson, whether it was Daniel Sturridge - they all looked like they couldn't sort their feet out. It all looked a bit awkward in the finishing and no one went out there and just finished it. Every time they had a chance they never got it away.

"It's a good result for United, the goal after half-time was important and there was a lack of concentration and focus from Liverpool. After that, Manchester United had something to hang on to, particularly at the end they grew into the game, Ryan Giggs and Phil Jones became difficult for Liverpool to play, but Liverpool wasted their chances."

Rotation

Moyes made eight changes to the team that lost at the Etihad on Sunday including first starts of the season for Jonny Evans - who was named Man of the Match - and goalscorer Hernandez.

Former United defender Neville believes this squad rotation will now come into effect and benefit last season's Premier League champions.

"I think over the next couple of weeks with the next round of the Capital One Cup, the Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk and league games coming thick and fast, Moyes is going to have plenty of games to rotate his squad.

"Early on in the season when he had the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City - he wanted to play a consistent team to try and get through that difficult period.

"They've probably been a little bit below par with the results in the way in which they've gone, but now I think you'll see a lot more of the lads that played tonight intermingled with the team.

"I think you'll see them on Saturday, I don't think he'll go back to the Manchester City team, I think it will be a mixture of tonight's team and the team that played in the derby."

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Martin Tyler

Tyler's stats and facts

Which letter surname gets the most goals? Who has made the most passes? Martin has the stats......

Guillem Balague

Balague: Real lack logic

Guillem Balague says Real Madrid’s poor football judgement has left them weaker than last season....

Alan Smith

Smith - Welbeck exit sad for United

Alan Smith says many Man Utd fans will be upset to see Danny Welbeck move to Arsenal....

Latest News RSS feeds

Live transfer updates

Aston Villa seal Tom Cleverley loan, Cesar Azpilicueta signs new Chelsea deal and Wayne Rooney welcomes Radamel Falcao.

Stones handed England start

John Stones has been named in England’s starting line-up for Wednesday night’s friendly against Norway.

Yorke: United spree could win title

Radamel Falcao can fire Manchester United to the Premier League title this season, says Dwight Yorke.

Rooney salutes Falcao arrival

England captain Wayne Rooney claims Manchester United have made a statement of intent by bringing in Radamel Falcao.

Cleverley joins Villa on loan

Tom Cleverley has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan from Manchester United, both clubs have confirmed.

Features

Free Transfer XI: The pick of the players still available following the closure of the transfer window

Free Transfer XI: The pick of the players still available following the closure of the transfer window

Still not had your transfer fix? There are still players out there looking to find a new club this summer...

The Science of Scouting: Abroad

The Science of Scouting: Abroad

The globalisation of football is an opportunity for clubs savvy enough to identify talent from abroad. However, with players being expected to adapt to a new country, the risks are increased in line with the reward.