Former Manchester United star Gary Neville believes the club will get rid of players before they axe manager David Moyes. 

The Red Devils have had a poor start to the season and have just seven points from their opening six league games - their worst start for 24 years. 

However, Neville is confident that Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as United boss, will be given time to succeed at Old Trafford. The ex-United star also believes that Moyes will take a while to develop his role as United's boss. 

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: "David Moyes will be given time over three or four years to build a football club and learn the ropes. It takes time and he'll be given time, just as Arsenal have done with Arsene Wenger.

"I put it towards the players. I know a lot of those players and they'll be hurting like mad.

"A lot of players will go before David Moyes goes because, believe me, they will give him time."

"If you think about the early years of Sir Alex Ferguson, he was allowed to develop into a presence. In the first three or four years he was at the club he was coming under intense pressure.

"David Moyes, there's no doubt about it, is still learning to come to terms with his squad and getting to know his players and the culture of the club.

"People have said he's been negative in press conferences and they probably have got a point on that.

Moyes' next tricky task as United boss will come in the Champions League tomorrow evening as the Red Devils travel to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena.

United beat German outfit Bayer Leverkusen in their first group game and will be hoping to make it two wins from two.

However, Neville has admitted that with Moyes still finding out about the job, it would be unrealistic to expect United to challenge on all fronts. 

He continued by saying: "Manchester United fans don't like sensible and realistic, they like to dream and they want to hear that the club can win the league and can win the European Cup.

"But he's finding out about the club and one thing's for certain; you've got Sir Bobby Charlton in the boardroom and Sir Alex Ferguson in the boardroom and David Gill in the boardroom."

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