Midfielder Michael Carrick has told a press conference that he believes Manchester United need to target a flying start to next season under David Moyes, reports ESPN,with
United begin their season away to Swansea on August 17, before fixtures against arch rivals Chelsea and Liverpool. The Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium is also early in the campaign, on September 21. And Carrick, 31, sees the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia is crucial to their preparations.
He said: “This week, it’s important because then we go on to quite a bit of flying after that – it’s huge the start of the season we have. It’s important we’re ready for that, we can’t afford a slow start this year, so these few weeks are vital for us.”
Moyes will come under scrutiny if he makes a slow start to his reign and the club fall off the pace, with the pressure on him to succeed after Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26 and-a-half years. And Carrick has also gone on to compare Moyes’ managerial approach to Ferguson’s, adding: “The manager is enthusiastic and energetic and intense with his work, and that’s rubbed off on everyone.
“He’s a lot different to Sir Alex in that sense – he tended to take a step back and let the coaches deal with it, whereas David Moyes tends to be right in the thick of it which is good. It creates an intensity and everyone has responded to that.”
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