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[22] Gary Neville - more on why the players should take responsibility for performances too

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    "The players have to take massive responsibility. They're the ones out on the football pitch. I never once during my 17, 18 year career at United turned around after a game and thought 'you lost us that game, boss'. It's always the players. Players have to take responsibility and accountability in football but the fact of the matter is you don't go and sack 24 players. Those players are not as bad as they've been showing. They've got great care for United, they love the club - the ones I know - they're desperate to do well for the club but they've completely lost confidence and belief. That's ultimately what's cost David Moyes. These were players that were champions nine months ago and the decline has been surprising to say the least. To go from first to third or fourth may be acceptable in a transition season but to go to seventh... And I have to say watching them at Goodison Park on Sunday and against Liverpool three weeks ago, they were just absolutely flat, there was nothing in them. And to me that's the last thing that can happen as a United player. They have to take responsibility but ultimately the manager always takes responsibility because he's the one that's seen to have to drag a performance out of the players."

    “However, there's no disguising that the football this season has been poor and the results have been poor. As a fan I've not enjoyed watching it. I'm sure David Moyes himself hasn't enjoyed watching it and I can't think of many Man United fans who would have enjoyed watching it, either. The performances have got worse and worse. There was a little pick-me-up before Christmas when you thought there might be a little bit of a run but in the last month or two the performances have deteriorated. Olympiakos, Liverpool and Everton were particularly low points. I suppose it's a different world than it was in the 1980's, when Dave Sexton, Ron Atkinson and Sir Alex Ferguson were given time during their difficult moments. That's not going to happen any more. It's something I don't like about the modern game, the fact managers get sacked every 12 months. It doesn't matter whether it's my club, which is Manchester United, or any other club. And I'll continue to defend that position because my full belief there's a lack of decency in the way football managers get dealt with. They're so much in the firing line. I accept it's a pressurised job and they get well paid for it but there's a way of decency of dealing with people. Football managers now just get tossed around, chucked about, disregarded, rubbished - decent men, good men seem to get thrown away. That's not just David Moyes that's all through football. They're always the scapegoats."
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