David Moyes right man to manage Man Utd, say Yorke and Cole

Last Updated: 10/05/13 8:40am

David Moyes is a 'perfect fit' for Manchester United, according to former strikers Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole.

"I think Moyes will go in there and do what he needs to do to keep Manchester United winning."

Andrew Cole

Everton boss Moyes has signed a six-year contract to take over from the out-going Sir Alex Ferguson from July 1.

Ferguson, who will stay on at the club as an ambassador and director, described his successor in a statement as a "man of great integrity with a strong work ethic."

And Yorke told The Footballers' Football Show that those attributes should stand Moyes in good stead in his new position.

"When you look at all of the managers who are out there at this point in time, he fits the role perfectly," said Yorke, who won six major trophies in four years at United, including three Premier League titles.

"He's a very experienced man who has been at Everton for 10 years or so; he's had a very limited amount of money to spend but has managed to get the best out of his players.

"He's a loyal man - he's a family man; he's got all of the ingredients. He is certainly a football person.

"Only time will tell if he is the right man for the job, but I do believe that he is the right appointment at this stage."


Fellow former forward Cole echoed that view and said that Moyes can look forward to having the full support of the board and fans alike - and have the necessary financial backing he needs to strengthen the squad as he sees fit.

"He fits the Manchester United mould, put it that way," insisted Cole, who claimed five Premier League titles during his seven years at Old Trafford.

"He's had a great career at Everton as a manager despite having limited resources. But the good thing is that he will go to Manchester United and he will be backed, just as Sir Alex Ferguson was backed when it comes to transfer funds.

"He's going to take over a well-oiled machine that is very used to winning. If you look at his track record at Everton he's done very well and I think he will go in there and do what he needs to do to keep Manchester United winning."


Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee was Ferguson's first major signing at Aberdeen and went on to win seven trophies in five years under the Scot.

He told The Footballers' Football Show that Ferguson will have monitored Moyes' progress closely over the years before deciding to endorse the Everton manager as Old Trafford's next chief.

"I was thrilled, I must admit," said McGhee. "I'm not embarrassed to say that I actually welled up a little bit when I heard the news. I'm absolutely thrilled for Moyes and I think it is a brilliant appointment.

"Aside from his experience, the two things that Sir Alex mentioned were his integrity and his work ethic and I think those would be the things - as much as anything - that would appeal to Sir Alex.

"He's watched Moyes over the years and seen how he works and how his ambition is. I think it does fit perfectly."