Neville believes Moyes has reached a critical turning point at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Phil Neville feels David Moyes has now earned the trust of his Manchester United players and that has now transferred onto the pitch over the last few games.

United only won two out of the first Premier League six games this season but are now currently unbeaten in the last nine in all competitions and have won four out of the last five in the league.

Our performance against Arsenal was the most impressive of the season with a well drilled and organised United proving too difficult for Arsenal to break down and Neville believes that a rough start was inevitable for Moyes, regardless of how tough the fixtures were.

“When you’ve had one manager who has had such a big influence on a club for 27 years, it was always going to take time for the new manager to bed down his ideas and I think it has taken three or four months,” Neville told BBC Sport.

“Now the players are beginning to trust and believe in what the manager is trying to do. He is trying to make them better.

“It was always going to take a bit of time after one man had controlled the club for so long, there was always going to be a transition period.”

When any new manager comes into a team, there is an air of expectancy when it comes to changes and that happened with Moyes. He brought in the majority of his back room staff and has continued to make changes but with the squad, there was very little change at the start.

He was given the Premier League champions so likely felt he shouldn’t change too much too soon but as time has progressed, his style has become more apparent.

“When you go into the club where they have won the league so many times and they have got so many great players, you don’t try and change too much too soon,” Neville added.

“There’s not much that needed changing but the boss wanted to stamp his on authority on the team and I think against Arsenal, we saw that. I thought we saw a team that mirrored David Moyes.”

Only Marouane Fellaini was brought into the side this summer so ultimately, the personnel are the same at Old Trafford and it has been reflected in the style but that has now started to change.

Those changes will only continue past the next few transfer windows and it is exactly what needs to happen. Moyes took over Ferguson’s team and was never going to be able to stamp his identity on it but that is now starting to happen, and United are playing much better because of it.

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