Man United will have ups and downs next season, says Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville warns David Moyes and the Red Devils to expect pressure moments next term

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Gary Neville has warned David Moyes and Manchester United to expect “ups and downs” in the club’s first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.

The 50-year-old was confirmed as the new Red Devils manager earlier this month and will sign a six-year deal with the Premier League champions on 1 July.

With Ferguson retiring after a decorated 26-year spell at Old Trafford, Neville expects United’s rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City to take heart from the manager’s departure.

“They should see it as a new challenge and an important challenge,” said Neville.

“I know from speaking to other people in football that since Sir Alex announced his retirement other clubs have already been lifted by the fact he is no longer around.

“The players should see that as a slight on them and say ‘hang on, do you think we can’t go out on that pitch and perform without our manager?’ That is a challenge in itself and ultimately the players and David Moyes will need to respond to that.

“It won’t be a bed of roses – there will be ups and downs as there always is and there has been over the last 26 or so years.

“There will be pressure moments in the coming season when people will say ‘oh, it’s not the same.’ But it’s too easy to say that.

“Everybody is waiting to see how this post-Sir Alex Ferguson era is going to work. The club have had it before with Sir Matt but everyone here will stick together through it all and the fans will do the same.”

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