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Apr 24, 2014

Neville rejects 'big name' manager idea

Take a look back at David Moyes' dramatic era with United.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville insists his old club do not need to hire a high-profile manager.

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Neville, who made 602 appearances for United and is now a member of England’s coaching staff, believes world-class players can be lured to Old Trafford whether or not there is a big name in the dugout.

The 39-year-old’s former teammate Ryan Giggs is in interim charge after David Moyes’ sacking and the Welshman, who is being assisted by past United players Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, has no track record in management.

But Neville told Sky Sports: “The suggestion that they need a big manager to attract players to the club, I find that a bit sad to be fair.

"The idea that Manchester United Football Club need to have a sort-of figurehead to be able to attract players is a nonsense as far as I'm concerned.

"Manchester United, as a football club, is big enough in its own right to be able to attract players, and they should be.

"It seems to be pointing in that direction and I suppose at the start of next season, if they can spend the money that they have wisely and there's a new big-name manager then times will be exciting again.

"The reality of it is that it doesn't really matter who the manager is. What matters most to Manchester United fans is that they actually win football matches and get back to where they belong."

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