David Moyes yet to earn respect of Manchester United players

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Football expert Andy Gray believes David Moyes is struggling to command respect at Manchester United due to his lack of top-level playing experience.

Sir Alex Ferguson's successor is fighting for his job at Old Trafford after seeing his Manchester United team suffer their ninth loss in the Premier League this season, losing 3-0 to Liverpool at home.

Moyes has three games to save his job and Gray believes his compatriot never earned the respect of the the Manchester United dressing room.

“No matter what David Moyes did at Everton, when he went in to Manchester United, he had to earn respect,” he told talkSPORT.

“If you were a top, top player you have that respect. You go into a place and you get respect because you played at the highest level. David didn’t, so his respect had to be gained and earned.

Moyes must beat Olympiakos by more than two goals to overcome the 2-0 deficit in the first leg on Wednesday night before travelling to West Ham in the Premier League and then hosting Manchester City at Old Trafford.

If Moyes fails in these three games the fans will struggle to keep back the team and may force the board to reconsider his position as manager of Manchester United.

Moyes had taken over a squad that had romped home to the title by 11 points last season but Gray believes the players were always going to give him a hard time.

Gray said: “I have absolutely no doubt that when he went in a lot of the lads would have thought, ‘I’m not having him’ and David’s thought, ‘I’m not having them’.”

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