Man who replaced Moyes describes his 'impossible job' at Manchester United

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has been speaking about David Moyes after appearing as a guest on Match of the Day last night.

Manchester United have lost again and now it is official - this is the worst start to a Premier League season in their history.

We all knew it was going to be a transition after Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, but following the dismantling of Swansea City on opening day most of those worries dissipated.

But of course some remained concerned - after what was a mightily uninspiring pre-season. And soon enough United were struggling. Defeat against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom as well as a draw against Chelsea leaves The Red Devils 12th in the Premier League.

So, as some fans start to worry whether Moyes has it in him, maybe the best person to ask is the one following in his footsteps.

Roberto Martinez left Wigan Athletic this summer to take over at Goodison Park and has had a fairly impressive beginning to life in the former Moyes hot-seat.

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With Everton playing on Monday - Martinez used his time out to sit on the Match of the Day panel on Saturday evening.

And when the subject of Moyes came up, Gary Lineker quizzically turned his attention to artinez for answer. Here is what he said:

‘’Well I think everyone knew in world football that whoever was going to replace Sir Alex Ferguson was going to have, probably an impossible job. And, probably, you look at all the football clubs that have had similar teams and it is difficult to find one. It’s like when Johan Cruyff, when he left Barcelona it took a year for Sir Bobby Robson to steady the ship.

I think that’s going to take time, it is only natural- but if anybody has the experience and the know-how of the Premier League that’s David Moyes… When you’re a new manager, to get to know the players, to get to know the football club, they need to get to know you - so it is a transitional period.’’

The Cruyff-Robson argument is valid, as is the backing of Moyes in terms of experience. Sir Bobby eventually brought success to Barca - winning the European Cup Winners Cup as well as the Copa del Rey - but the major difference - the transfer market.

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Sir Bobby signed Ronaldo, Moyes signed Fellaini - and it just shows the club did not do enough this summer to sustain a title challenge. But he must also find a way to play that is less rigid and predictable than what he has currently implemented at the club.

Or else he will never do what Sir Bobby did at Barca.

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