David Moyes has revealed he thinks he will be immediately judged at Manchester United based on the players he brings to the club via the transfer market.
There has been a big debate over how Moyes will go about his new job at Manchester United, now he has the resources to spend which he always lacked at Everton.
Speaking to an audience of over 300 top coaches and sporting directors in New York, he’s suggested his immediate priority will be to give younger players a chance rather than spend tens of millions of pounds.
“You have to earn your stars when dealing with players - you need to be able to work seven days a week. I need to know my staff will give me that effort - I'm a great believer in giving young players opportunities,” he said.
It’s clear that Moyes is very wary of the pressure when it comes to big name players coming to Manchester United and his comments suggest he may not be willing to take a risk in big deals so early on during his career at the club.
United have been linked with some very big deals this summer such as trying to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona and Falcao before he went to join Monaco.
Despite the ample resources United have, those are not easy deals to pull off and they quite often don’t get paid off straight away.
Therefore, Moyes seems quite intent on a slower approach, taking his time and not getting involved in the messy transfer war which is already breaking out between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
“Developing players mentally is very important, but it needs to fit with what the players want. You have to keep your eye on what the industry is doing - what's new – Your recruiting as a manager can determine whether you keep your job,” he added.
United fans may see this as a negative approach but the important thing is for them to trust Sir Alex Ferguson with the team he left behind.
Moyes will make additions to his squad such as the imminent arrival of Kevin Strootman from PSV Eindhoven but they shouldn’t expect too many huge signings which could leave Moyes with egg on his face before he’s even started his new job properly.
He also has pressing matters to sort out which don’t relate to bringing players into Old Trafford.
He has to try and get Wayne Rooney to stay at the club rather than see him leave for a Premier League rival where he could hurt the club’s chances in terms of silverware.
He also needs to get his backroom staff sorted out with some recent high profile departures which have left United with big holes to fill as they are now lacking a lot of experience in that sense.
He’s perfectly right to suggest he will be judged on the players he buys and the teams he creates because that is ultimately what will shape United’s chances of holding off Chelsea and Manchester City next season.
The knee jerk reaction is for United to match the spending and intent of their rivals but does the club really want to get drawn into that or maintain the respectability Ferguson spend 26 years creating?
What do you make of Moyes’ comments? Do you expect many signings?
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