David Moyes has admitted to experiencing a fear factor in taking over at Manchester United from the long-serving and highly-successful Sir Alex Ferguson, Sky
But rather than being crippled by it, Moyes believes the fear is necessary to keep him working hard to achieve his and United’s goals – and expressed his delight at being the man tasked with the challenge of succeeding Ferguson, British football’s most successful ever manager.
“There has to be an element of fear that comes with managing a club like Manchester United,” Moyes said. “It keeps you working, it keeps you focused and helps you try not to take your eye off the ball.
“Someone said, ‘You’ll do it easy’. I’m not saying who it was but I don’t take that as a given, because I know it’s going to be really hard at Manchester United. But in the same breath it is a great one (job) because of what I have available and what Sir Alex has left.”
The former Everton manager left Goodison Park to move to Old Trafford at the end of the season, having spent 11 years on Merseyside. And he revealed that rather than resting on their laurels as Premier League champions, the United players he has inherited have dug deep to prove themselves to him.
“Sometimes when there is a change – and I heard some of the players saying it – you have to impress the new manager. I have got to say I have been incredibly impressed about how the players have gone about their work,” Moyes said. “There’s not been a day when I’ve had people ‘throwing out’ [slacking off]. If anything, they’re enjoying it and they’re asking for more.”
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