Now for many Manchester United fans the thought of comparing David Moyes to Sir Alex Ferguson would be seen as blasphemy, especially after the Red Devils slow start to the current campaign but one player has been bold enough to do it and in fairness his opinion is worth quite a bit having spent 23 years playing for Ferguson – Ryan Giggs.
The 40 year-old who was handed his debut by Sir Alex back in 1991 and who is now a regular for Moyes in the United squad believes that the pair have similar traits and see the game in the same way but believes that Moyes needs a bit more time to stamp his own mark on the squad.
The former Everton boss replaced United greatest ever manager in the summer, and, after finding life tough both in the transfer market and on the pitch he finally seems to be getting to grips with life at Old Trafford.
Twelve successive games unbeaten including a crucial 1-0 over league leaders Arsenal and yesterday’s battling 2-2 draw with Tottenham, where Wayne Rooney twice got his side level will have buoyed the manager and Giggs believes his new boss has what it takes to emulate the old master.
Asked live on Absolute Radio, whether his two managers were poles apart Giggs said: “No, not really. I think they're both quite similar.
“Of course the manager's come in to the champions, he doesn't want to change too much but he's going to want to put his own stamp on it.
“I think slowly over time, it will probably change a little, but at the moment, not a lot's changed.”
The comments made by Giggs and the comparison between the pair will be a boost to Moyes, after all he holds Ferguson in the highest regard citing the Scotsman who gave him a break as the single biggest influence in his illustrious career.
He added: “Ferguson obviously really looked after me, especially in my career and wanted me to do well and wanted me to go on and fulfil my potential.
“So the manager's probably the biggest influence on my career, so I'm obviously grateful for the way he handled me.”
In a full card of midweek Premier League fixtures, Moyes will see his side welcome his former club Everton to Old Trafford and with the Toffees in top form under Roberto Martinez, a victory would be most welcome and would see his current side leapfrog the Toffee’s who sit in fifth place in the league.
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