'David Moyes will adopt his own methods at Manchester United'

Last Updated: 26/05/13 2:37pm

David Moyes will look to impose his own ways of working on Manchester United, rather than follow Sir Alex Ferguson's methods, Andy Dunn told Hold The Back Page.

Moyes, who has spent the past 11 years as Everton boss, has been handed the daunting task of succeeding Ferguson, Britain's most successful manager of all time, and visited United's Carrington training ground on Monday to prepare for his new role.

"Moyes will be wary of trying to do things the Alex Ferguson way. He's a very independently-minded and ferociously strong-willed guy."

Andy Dunn

However, while many pundits have suggested Moyes will run the club in a similar style to his predecessor, Mirror man Dunn reckons the one time Preston manager will adopt his own approach at Old Trafford.

"Even though he's there on Sir Alex's recommendation and it is easy to think he'll use the same methods as Sir Alex and go down the same path, I don't think that will be the case," Dunn said.

"I think Moyes will be wary of trying to do things the Alex Ferguson way. He's a very independently-minded and ferociously strong-willed guy."

However, the Telegraph's Henry Winter feels the United fans will demand Moyes - who has used a generally restrained style of play at Everton - adopts the attacking flair and panache which Ferguson encouraged.

Winter said: "The Manchester United fans were chanting his name to the tune of the Slade song 'Cum On Feel The Noize': 'Come on David Moyes, play like Fergie's boys, we'll go wild, wild, wild.

"The key bit is the section in the middle 'play like Fergie's boys'; the United fans want continuity.

"They've seen Everton under Moyes - slightly cautious, conservative, although a bit more expansive this season - but they want the 5-5 draws and the golden attacking play.

"Moyes has got to play 'like Fergie's boys'."


Whatever approach Moyes does use in his opening months in charge, it is crucial he is successful early on, reckons Shaun Custis of the Sun.

Ferguson was famously trophyless during his first few years with United before going on to win 38 pieces of silverware in his 26 year reign and many expect Moyes to also be given an opportunity to settle in at his new club during the tricky transition period.

However, Custis suspects a poor start may not go down well with the United fans and victory in the Community Shield against Wigan on August 11 is crucial.

And he also thinks Jose Mourinho - who is expected to return to Chelsea - could test Moyes' credentials.

"I do think he has to hit the ground running," said Custis.

"I've heard people might give him a bit of time to bed-in and people might give him a bit of leeway but I'm not sure.

"It certainly wouldn't be a good idea to lose to Wigan in the Community Shield.

"I also think Jose Mourinho will see a chance to say 'I'm going to see what that guy's all about'."