Moyes can make his own impression on United
By Dan - "Play like Fergie's boys" goes the chant Manchester United fans have serenaded David Moyes with, in the early stages of his Old Trafford career.
August 28th, 2013
Judging from his first six weeks in charge of the club, however, Moyes appears determined to shape the club to his own image and that, regardless of what many fans might think, can only be a good thing.
Moyes has brought in his own staff – albeit one with an already strong bond with Manchester United in Phil Neville – looked to secure the signings of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines with whom he’s worked with at Everton, and has taken a bold and somewhat stubborn approach to dealing with what must be an irritating Wayne Rooney issue.
While introducing a new coaching staff and pursuing players he already managed at his former club are seen by many as a cheap and easy attempt at turning United into a more expensive version of Everton, Moyes’ stance on the saga surrounding Wayne Rooney showed that the Scotsman relishes a challenge.
The former Everton manager walked into a situation which was already beyond the stage where repairs are still possible with the England international accused of wanting out, yet he might yet pull off the coup if Rooney does indeed remain at Old Trafford, as seems increasingly likely.
Furthermore, Moyes’ refusal to sell to a direct rival was a strong statement of intent towards those who thought that United would be bullied after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. His decision to play Rooney on Monday night was hardly a PR stunt either, for United do not carry passengers for any sort of purposes.
Moyes has reiterated his belief that the man who he helped make his first steps in the Premier League remains a pivotal cog in that complex machine that is Manchester United and he also knew that, if selected, Rooney would have to give his all.
Anything less than the commitment the 27-year-old showed would have undermined the story he’s been perpetuating all summer long – that he never wanted to leave the club, but was forced into it.
Make no mistake about it, David Moyes intends to seize his chance with both hands and, were he to land a couple of signings between now and September 2, he would make another important step towards grasping it.