Ryan Giggs has been placed in interim charge of the club, but is not to be considered for the full-time role as star names such as Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are touted as the favourites for the job by the bookmakers. The Scot was dismissed on Tuesday after nearly 10 months in charge at Old Trafford which have seen the club go from being Premier League champions to failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The former United defender insists it is irrelevant who the manager is at Old Trafford, all that matters is the results. United struggled in the transfer market last summer, and may find it tough again in the coming months without Champions League football next season.
“The suggestion that they need a big manager to attract players to the club, I find that a bit sad to be fair,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“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.”
One of the players in the dressing room Neville knows best is Ryan Giggs and the Welshman will now take charge of United until the end of the season. Moyes’s predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson spent nearly 27 years in charge at United and brought both Giggs and Neville into the team after initially struggling to make an impact at Old Trafford.
Neville played with Giggs throughout his entire career at United under the Scot and the England coach believes his former team-mate is entering the lion’s den, with management now being a largely thankless task.
Dwight Yorke also played in the treble-winning team of 1999 and the former striker believes Giggs could be just the man to take the job permanently.
“I know there’s a lot of people speculating that they need somebody with big experience out there that has managed a club at the very top level but we are talking about a continuity, something like what Sir Alex Ferguson did,” he said.