Moyes says it could take him two years to make his mark at Old Trafford
Former Everton boss aware of the scale of his task as season begins at Swansea
David Moyes: “Yes, I am a rookie at Manchester United but I am not a rookie overall.” Photograph: Barry Coombs/PA
David Moyes has warned it could take him two years to put his stamp on Manchester United after succeeding Alex Ferguson as manager. The Scot is confident that the Glazers, who own the club, have the patience to allow him to do so.
Moyes, who takes charge of his first league game at Swansea City this evening after a difficult summer in the transfer market, said: “It might take me 18 months to two years to get things changed around. I don’t know how long Sir Alex thought it took him to get it the way that he wanted. At a club like Manchester United I will get the opportunity to do that.”
United beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 to win last Sunday’s Community Shield but Moyes felt no pressure due to the Glazers. “Yeah, there was a trophy at stake. But did I really feel under great pressure? Not really because the difference is I have really good owners who don’t panic,” he said.
“It might not be like that at other clubs. It would not have affected our owners whether we had won, lost or drawn because we have stability. We know where we are going and how we work. We don’t work in a way that every time there is a defeat there is a panic on.
“Or, if we don’t quite reach expectations, then that’s something to really bother yourself with. Obviously I am aware of the job and the job is to continue the success of the club.
“The owners have been fantastic in their calmness, their openness, their support, where they want to take the club.
“What they want to do with the club is incredible, it really is. They see the stability and continuity as really important – so one-off results you are talking about is not really interesting to them.”
Moyes believes Ferguson will be a “great mentor” to him, with the 50-year-old revealing that immediately on becoming manager they discussed the make-up of the team and future plans. He also admitted that the adjustment when taking over from Ferguson extended to using the 71-year-old’s office.
“Sitting in the chair for the first time felt odd. I did it myself with nobody looking. I thought I would have to see how it feels in case anybody thought I looked stupid,” said Moyes, who is still conscious of the presence of Ferguson, now a director, at the club.
“I still go into the office and feel ... Look, Sir Alex is still here and he will be. I went to see him at home the other day. He was great.