David Moyes: It’s my team now

David Moyes: It’s my team now
david moyes talks about taking over at man utd

New season, new job for David Moyes

David Moyes has waited for this moment. The chance to put his management skills on the line at one of the biggest football clubs in the world.

And he’s ready.

He says: “It’s my team now. I’m in charge. I will use the ex-manager as much as I can because of his knowledge, but it is my team now and I have to take responsibility for that.

“I don’t want to mention Sir Alex in every conversation I have. Change can be difficult for people, but importantly he gave me the confidence and hopefully from that the supporters will give me the opportunity to get started. I will always respect Sir Alex.

“It has to be a new era. My job now is to make history. I have to make sure now that my history and my time is something which the fans and people in the future talk about.”

Like me, Moyes thinks the Premier League title is more open this season. Not least due to the managerial changes across Manchester and at Chelsea.

He says: “There are new managers coming into clubs so things can change. I think the league is going to be a little more unpredictable than it has been in the past. I just hope that the unpredictably about it is that Manchester United are beating everybody you expect them to beat.”

Is there any danger in being overawed at the sheer importance of managing Manchester United?

Moyes says: “I do feel that I am in a position I can deal with. I feel comfortable in my position. ”

But what is the David Moyes way, and will his approach to handling players be different at Old Trafford from the way he worked at Goodison Park?

David says: “I don’t need to shout as much. I am not quite as intense. But I actually think it’s because the level of player, the standard, steps up and I’m feeling that here as well. There have been a couple of things I’ve had to say here so far to correct things.

“I think I’m going to drive and I’m going to demand the best out of players. I’m going to demand they give me more. I have got to say I have been incredibly impressed by how the players have gone about their work, I really have.

“I know managing Manchester United is going to be really hard. There has to be an element of fear that comes with managing a club like United. It keeps you working, it keeps you focussed and helps you try not to take your eye off the ball. I don’t know it all.”

At the time of writing, Moyes has failed in his mission to persuade Cesç Fabregas to leave Barecleona for Old Trafford. United have also made overtures to Cristiano Ronaldo to return to United.

But when it come to persuading big players to join a big club, Manchester United does not have the sway it once had. Not least because there are other clubs who will pay them bigger wages.

David Moyes has been left some quality players but he will need time to build a new squad. One capable of winning titles, cups and the Champions League. That will not happen in one season.

Like Ferguson, I believe David Moyes is the right man for the job.

And he’s got the balls to take it on and be his own man.


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