Beckham backs Moyes for Man Utd success

David Beckham believes Manchester United will retain the Premier League title under David Moyes, Sky Sports has reported, but concedes the ex-Everton manager faces a tough challenge in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.

Beckham retired from football at the end of the season, winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain in his last few games, having previously tasted success in MLS with the LA Galaxy, La Liga with Real Madrid and the Premier League with United under Ferguson. But he believes Moyes is the man to follow in Ferguson’s footsteps.

I’m sure he has had lot of mentoring,” Beckham said. “He is one of those managers that has always picked up the phone and spoken to Sir Alex. It was always going to be difficult job for whoever succeeded Sir Alex because of what the manager has brought to Manchester United, what he has brought to the game.

But the same players are there and I’m sure a few more will be added over the next few weeks. Being manager of Man Utd is a great job.

Beckham – who played briefly with Moyes at Preston North End – added that he believes United can retain the title this season, although he admitted his view may be coloured somewhat. “It’s going to be interesting this year as there have been so many changes throughout the Premier League,” Beckham said, adding: “Jose [Mourinho] is back and that’s exciting. It’s going to be interesting, but I still think United will win the league. I’m a Manchester United fan!

The former England captain added that he hopes to see Wayne Rooney remain at Old Trafford, stressing the importance of keeping hold of players of Rooney’s quality. “ I hope he stays because Wayne is such a talented player and I see him as a Manchester United player,” Beckham said. “Obviously that’ll be his decision and his decision only. As a Man Utd fan, I want to see the best players at the club and I hope he stays.

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