Moyes warns United fans
Moyes admitted that he has asked his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson for advice half a dozen times already but that he won’t be helping him in the transfer market.
The Scot has had a decent start to his Manchester United career, with a 4-1 opening day win at Swansea City followed up by a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
Today, he leads his team to Merseyside to face arch rivals Liverpool, who will be desperate to get one over on the ex-Everton boss.
Moyes has endured frustration in the transfer market, with just one player signed so far, and could be set for a busy final few hours in the transfer window.
However, for now the focus is on Liverpool and securing his first ever win at Anfield.
Moyes has praised the legacy Ferguson has left at Old Trafford, and admitted fans may have to wait to see a team in his own image.
Praise for Ferguson
“Normally, a new manager never inherits a team that is as good [as Manchester United],” Moyes said, as reported by the newspaper.
“Typically, you inherit the job because your predecessor was sacked — because the team haven’t had the desired results. Here it’s completely different.
“I take over from a manager who has succeeded. But United are a club who have always had to evolve, grow, and that will encourage me during the next two years.
“But the previous coach left incredible things in place. The most important is the mentality, the mentality of winning — ‘We won the title? OK. Win the next one’.
“This is something that is difficult to express in words, but when you’re immersed in it you feel it, you see it. The players have this spirit of competition.
“But it will take me perhaps 18 months or two years to change things as I wish. How long did it take Sir Alex to make changes the way he wanted?
“What is great is that I will have the opportunity to do this at Manchester United. I would not have been given this at other clubs.
“I went to see him the other day, while recovering from his hip surgery, and he was terrific. I can call for his advice whenever it suits.
“I’ve talked to him a half-dozen times. It will be hard, very hard, for anyone to approach [what he accomplished].
“But I worked hard at Preston and Everton to get to this position and I’ll work hard for Manchester United to remain at the top.
“I don’t go to see him to ask advice but I will say, ‘This is what we’re doing, what do you think will happen?’
“He is someone who will be part of the fabric here. The day he told me that I had a job, after 10 minutes we were already talking about the team, what to do, what would be expected of me. He told me things straight.”