Moyes to United: Reaction

A look at what the big names have had to say about David Moyes' appointment as Manchester United manager.

Last Updated: 09/05/13 at 20:10 Post Comment

Rio Ferdinand, Man Utd defender on MUTV: It was important the club made a decision quickly and got it all sorted before people could start making rumours. The club have acted impeccably in that respect. It's great to see the new manager coming in, we've never had a problem with him here at United, he's a very honest man from the players you speak to and he's done a fantastic job at his previous club Everton. I'm sure he'll be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and try and continue that and not come in and try and make crazy changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club.''

Michael Carrick, Man Utd midfielder on MUTV: He's done a terrific job at Everton. He's been there a long time and has had great success with the resources he's had. It's obviously a big change because this club's been run for so long by one person. I'm really looking forward to meeting him and getting good training in pre-season and looking forward to a good future. He's honest and fair to his players as far as I'm aware. He sets high standards just as he expects high standards of ourselves.

Rafael Benitez, interim Chelsea manager: He's a good manager. I think that he will have a very good team, so I'm sure he will compete at the top and he can win trophies with a big club. It's not easy to find someone like Ferguson, but he's a manager with experience in the Premier League. He knows the players, he knows the club and the Premier League. It could be a good appointment, but it takes time to say."

Steve McClaren, former England manager and ex-United assistant on Sky Sports: I think it's a fantastic appointment. He has a near identical work ethic, character, competitiveness to that of Sir Alex but he's got that longevity at Everton - to build a club and sustain that success year in, year out, at their level. The key thing is he will have Sir Alex at the side of him and if they get on, as I know they do, it's the master and the apprentice. He has to be open to that help. The experience Sir Alex has got will be invaluable. United had a plan. It's not about short-term success, it's not about sustaining it for the next one or two years, it's the next 26 years. He could be the next manager to do that. That's how they're thinking.''

Phil Jagielka, Everton defender: Like the rest of the squad I have nothing but the highest regard for David Moyes. He is a first-class operator on and off the training ground and on behalf of the players I would like to place on record my thanks for the work he has done improving the team. It was as much of a shock to the dressing room as I'm sure it was to Everton and our fans. All the lads wish him the very best for the future but we still have two important Premier League games to play and all our attentions will be focused on winning against West Ham and at Chelsea. Once the season is over we can collectively look forward in order to ensure we continue to build on the positive work of the past few seasons."

Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland manager: "After 12 years at Everton, he has proved the quality and the style he has got because we all know you have to have a specific style. Manchester United is not only about a winning mentality, the style is important, and I think Moyes has proved he deserves to go one step forward and work at the top level. In my opinion, he's the right man - only time will tell if he is right, but in my opinion, David has done an amazing job in the last 12 years at Everton. He has his philosophy to play positive football with the players he has. He doesn't spend a lot of money and he is the right man, so good luck to him because it's a tough job. But we live for it because we want the toughest job in the world."

Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager: "If anyone can keep continuity there then Davie can do it. David Moyes being British and the Scottish background as well, follows suit. No-one can point the finger at him at Everton, he's been sensational. I don't think Manchester Utd get many big decisions wrong.''

Gary Pallister, former Manchester United defender: "He won't have to sell players, it must be like being a kid in a candy shop for somebody like David Moyes, who's had to work within constraints. He ticks a lot of boxes for this Manchester United and he's somebody I've thought was well capable of doing the job. There are so many characteristics that you see in the manager (Ferguson) that you see in David Moyes."

Henning Berg, ex-Man Utd defender: David Moyes is a very good choice. He's very similar to Ferguson as a manager. He's shown at Everton what he can do with limited resources and he will look to lead the club in the same way. Of course he might want to bring one or two (Everton) players with him but I don't think there will be too many changes. Most things are working at United at the moment so it's a smooth transition."


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