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Moyes will be a 'relieved man' - Neville

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Neville backs United boss Moyes (©GettyImages)
Neville backs United boss Moyes (©GettyImages).

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville believes David Moyes will be a relieved man after seeing his side progress to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup.

Moyes has received criticism for Manchester United's mediocre start to the season, with the Red Devils' 4-1 loss to arch-rivals Manchester City heaping pressure on the former Everton boss.

However his side bounced back from their embarrassing defeat at the Etihad Stadium to knock north-west rivals Liverpool out thanks to a Javier Hernandez effort - and Neville believes the Red Devils' recent victory will ease the pressure off of Moyes' shoulders.

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

"Relieved is the word to describe 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.

"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."

Neville expects Moyes to ring the changes again on Saturday when the Premier League champions host West Brom at Old Trafford.

The former Everton will be hoping to recall Robin van Persie, who has missed United's last two matches due to a groin injury.

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