Manchester United need to get back to winning ways, says Phil Neville

• 'Every time we play someone, they want to knock us'
• 'It's something the manager will have to get used to even more'

Phil Neville insists that Saturday's second tour game against the A-League All Stars has to be won after Manchester United lost their opening match against the Singha All Star XI a week ago in Thailand.

Neville, back at the club as one of David Moyes's first-team coaches, said: "The expectation is we've got to win. We lost in Thailand the other day and Manchester United have to win every game we play in. Every time we play someone, they want to knock us and beat us and it's something the manager will have to get used to even more. It's the Manchester United way.

"But the foundations that were left are solid and strong. The club is in unbelievable shape with a young squad and experience at the top end that can keep on passing on the right messages."

Michael Carrick, who played in the defeat in Bangkok, said: "There's always an expectation from ourselves to play well and win games, no matter what happened in the last game. We don't like losing. We hate it. It wasn't nice to come away from the last game wit a defeat. All in all, we take what we can from the game. Some of us got 90 minutes and that was the first game back."

United start their title defence at Swansea on 17 August in a tough opening five games that continues with Chelsea's visit, a trip to Liverpool, Crystal Palace at home and the derby at Manchester City. Neville believes it is vital for David Moyes to ensure he begins his tenure well. "I think it's important for the manager himself to get off to a good start and for the club as it's going to be difficult at times for the fans to look over to the dug-out and not see Sir Alex but David Moyes as the Manchester United manager," he said. "It'll take time for people to get used to that as that title has always been Sir Alex's and he's got his statue and the stand so it's a tremendous legacy left there."

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