Neville on his style of play and the Man Utd job

Date published: Sunday 13th December 2015 2:34

Gary Neville: Does not expect to manage Manchester United

Valencia boss Gary Neville has been speaking about his preferred style of play and the possibility of managing Manchester United in the future.

Neville has taken charge at Valencia until the end of the season, and there have been suggestions that the 40-year-old will go on to manage England or United if he impresses at the Mestalla.

However, Neville says taking over at his former club is not on his wishlist for life and is merely focused on the job at Valencia.

“I don’t see myself managing Manchester United at all,” he told Sky Sports. “I know what I want to do in my life, and that’s not something that’s in my mind.

“From my point of view, this is important for me and a valuable experience. I’m aware I need to succeed. Succeeding for me would be knowing these players have improved dramatically.

“Results come and go, I know we’re in a results-driven business, but I have never looked at football like that since I’ve finished playing. I did when I was a player. As a part-owner (of Salford City), I think about moving forward in the next five, ten years.”

Neville on his style of play

Neville also revealed what he wants to see from his Valencia side, who were beaten 2-0 by Lyon on Wednesday to drop from the Champions League into the Europa League.

“A front-foot team, one that pressurizes and wins the ball as high up the pitch as possible,” Neville said when asked how he would describe a team under his stewardship.

“One that plays quickly, with a high tempo. One that goes forward, but with a little bit more sense than we did against Lyon!

“But I’d prefer that be that way than with a group of older players that drop towards their own box. I can work with that, the intent is there to attack, to do the positives things. We can always come back, rather than thinking we’ve got to push them up the pitch, which is the hardest thing to do.

“There are some coaches who have a huge emphasis on possession. I have a huge emphasis on possession but I like to counter-attack as well. So I don’t say I’m a possession coach or counter-attack. I’m not a one-style coach.”

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