Manchester: Former Manchester United star Gary Neville and fans yesterday blasted the team's owners for the way manager David Moyes was sacked.

Neville said that Moyes should have been given more time before his ousting. The Manchester United Supporters Trust said the manner of the sacking was a "PR shambles" because of media leaks about the sacking.

"The story leaked before David Moyes has been spoken to, and that's not the United way. There was no dignity or class in the way they went about it," Sean Bones, vice chairman of the Manchester United Supporters Trust, said.

"The last 15, 16 hours or however long it's been, I don't like it, it's not the way in which the club should portray itself," Neville, who won eight Premier League titles with United, told Sky Sports.

"But it's the modern world, it's how things seem to be dealt with now, but I'm a traditionalist and I think it could have been dealt with a whole lot better. I believe in managers being given time, I think they should be allowed to complete their work."