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Friday 1 August 2014

Table is ugly reading for Neville

Published 18/04/2014|18:27

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Phil Neville has not enjoyed Manchester United's results so far

Phil Neville admits Manchester United have been so bad this year that he cannot bring himself to look at the Premier League table.

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Neville won the league six times in 10 years at United, but the former England defender has experienced nothing like that success since he returned to Old Trafford to become David Moyes' first-team coach last summer.

United are seventh in the table, some 20 points behind bitter rivals Liverpool with just five matches left.

United are guaranteed to end the campaign with their worst points total in the Premier League era, and that does not sit easy with their former left-back.

"It's been difficult watching other teams above us do well and to even look at a league table," the United coach told the BBC's Football Focus.

"I find it difficult to watch Match of the Day on Saturday night; I find it almost impossible because we've suffered this season."

Neville, who played under Moyes for eight years at Everton, insists everyone at the club is hurting because of their current predicament.

"We have failed on the football pitch and that doesn't sit kindly with anyone," Neville said ahead of United's trip to Everton on Sunday.

"We are not hiding away from the fact that we have under performed.

"We have not fulfilled any levels of expectations this season."

Neville, one of the famous 'Class of '92', admits United cannot afford to have another poor season when they return after the summer break.

"We cannot allow what's happened this season to happen next season," he said.

"We are working every hour that God sends to make sure that next season is better."

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