Friday 05 July 2013
David Moyes has spoken of his excitement of the new Barclays Premier League season ahead, his first as the manager of Manchester United.
In his first press conference at Old Trafford since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes revealed how he was offered the job, the club's tough start to the season, how Wayne Rooney could break United's record and his transfer plans ahead of the club's pre-season tour.
Moyes will be taking over United at a time when the clubs nearest two rivals last season, Manchester City and Chelsea, also have new men in charge, Manuel Pellegrini at City and a returning Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. And for Moyes, coming up against these two managers in a new job adds to the intrigue for the new season.
"I was told I was the next Manchester United manager by Sir Alex. I did not get the chance to say yes or no"
"I am really pleased to see Jose back," he said. "Everyone will enjoy having him back in the Premier League. I have come across Pellegrini a couple of times. It will be new to him as well. There will be a lot of things unknown and it is exciting."
Moyes also spoke of his gratitude to the club and his predecessor for appointing him.
"I'm incredibly privileged I was given the opportunity and grateful to Sir Alex and the board for making it happen," he said. "My job is to continue the success at this club. This club is about wining trophies. I'm hungry to do it, I'm driven to succeed. It won't change me, though. I'm determined to get the first one [trophy] on the board.
"I'm inexperienced in a lot of areas and there are some brilliant managers who could have taken this role. But the biggest confidence I take into it is Sir Alex Ferguson telling me that I was the next Manchester United manager."
The 50-year-old Scot was confirmed as the new Manchester United manager soon after Ferguson announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the season after 26 years in the role. And Moyes explained the how his appointment came about.
"It was a really strange situation for me," he said. "I had no idea whatsoever. I knew nothing at all about it until Sir Alex gave me a call and asked me to come to his house.
"I was expecting him to say, 'I'm going to take one of your players' but the first thing he told me was that he was retiring. I said, 'Yeah, when?' He was never going to retire.
"He said, 'Next week' and his next words were, 'And you're the next Manchester United manager'. So I didn't get a chance to say yes or no, I was told I was the next Manchester United manager by Sir Alex, so for me that was enough. I was shocked but also incredibly thrilled that I was given the opportunity to manage Manchester United."
Moyes faces a tricky start to his reign at Old Trafford, with a trip to Swansea City on the opening weekend, followed by Chelsea and home at Liverpool away. United then take on newly promoted Crystal Palace before the short trip to the Etihad Stadium on 21 September for the derby against Manchester City.
"I'm not convinced that's the way the balls come out of the hat that way!," he said jokingly. "I have never seen United get a tougher first few fixtures than the ones this year!"
Moyes was asked about his transfer targets and whether winger Cristiano Ronaldo would return to Old Trafford but refused to be drawn about the former United player, who is now at Real Madrid. He did say he would "do everything we can to add to the squad".
"I would never speak about players at other clubs," he said. "That's not my style. When people have contracts at other clubs it's wrong to speak about them. But this club is always interested in the best players.
"United had a great season in the Premier League last year and we'll do everything we can to add to the squad. This club will always go after the best players and we'll do what we can to remain at the top."
"We'll do everything we can to add to the squad"
However, Moyes admitted that time was running out to sign players before the club go on tour next week.
"I'll try but I couldn't honestly say yes," he said. "Time is closing in on me now.
"The way the window works, the deals may be done a little later this season. There are a few new managers so I don't think everything will be done right away."
Nevertheless, Moyes stressed his desire to continue the club's success in bringing through talent to the first team.
"This club will always try to buy the best young players and also bring through players from the Academy," he said. "That's in the DNA and we're looking to bring through our own players."
Moyes also dismissed reports of a possible sale of Wayne Rooney saying that he was looking forward to working again with the forward to whom he gave his Barclays Premier League debut as a 16-year-old at Everton.
"He's training brilliantly well, he's come back in good shape and I'm really looking forward to working with him," Moyes said of Rooney. "I see a glint in his eye, he looks happy and if he is saying I'm going to knuckle down and get it right - let's not kid ourselves.
"He's a terrific player and let me reiterate, he's not for sale."