Moyes has been able to get his teeth into life at Manchester United and he says he’s been surprised at the popularity and widespread appeal of the club and business all over the world.
That is something that United have earned over a considerable period of time and it’s also create a magnitude connected to the club which Moyes has openly admitted that he’s scared of.
“There has to be an element of fear that comes with managing a club like Manchester United. It keeps you working, it keeps you focused and helps you try not to take your eye off the ball,” said the United boss.
What those comments show is a little bit of vulnerability from a man who seemed so comfortable taking over after the long reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
It shouldn’t be taken as a negative in any way, if anything it’s just going to make Moyes a better football manager and it’s something which he can definitely work to his advantage as he tries to keep United winning silverware on all fronts.
There is already a pressure on Moyes to succeed. On the one hand he is protected by his long contract at the club but on the other, he definitely has to put silverware in the cabinet to prolong his job.
What that guarantees is that things like preparation, research, studying other teams and scouting will all be as good as they were under Ferguson, if not stronger, because Moyes is trying to give the club the best possible chance of winning silverware.
It should also guarantee a smooth running of the club behind the scenes which is very important considering the size of United as a football club and a business.
That element of fear will force Moyes into striving for that sense of control at all points, which is something that could tear him apart at the club should he lose it.
That control is also something which should guarantee that Moyes is not going to be undermined by players at the club, players who may sense an opportunity now that Ferguson is no longer the boss.
Top players will test Moyes to see if he’s got what it takes to manage Manchester United so he has to get that balance right between allowing that to breed into something positive and knowing when to step in and creating boundaries against anyone trying to undermine him.
All in all, Moyes sums it up pretty well himself, but it’s very important he doesn’t let that fear factor get too big and that he doesn’t let the scale of his job at Old Trafford takeover and weigh everything else down.
What do you think? Is it a good thing Moyes is scared of Manchester United?
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