London: Under-fire Manchester United manager David Moyes insists he has no doubt the club “picked the right man for the job”.
David Moyes is confident Manchester United got it right when they chose him to succeed Alex Ferguson as manager.
United’s troubled start to the Premier League campaign led some to suggest the Old Trafford outfit may look to bring Ferguson back.
The 71 year-old quashed any of that talk during his extended interview in the United States this week, insisting Moyes was the right man to step in.And Moyes believes that statement will be proved correct. “Manchester United is a good club,” he said. “I am sure they know they picked the right man for the job.
Nevertheless, United head to Sunderland on Saturday looking to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat, something they have not experienced since 2001.
It is anticipated Wayne Rooney will have recovered from the shin problem that kept him out of Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk.
However Moyes could offer no injury bulletin.“I have not seen him yet,” said Moyes. “I cannot give you an update.”
United face a team who have been plunged into turmoil following manager Paolo di Canio’s dismissal. As Moyes knows only too well — his Everton team were beaten at the Stadium of Light last season at a point when Sunderland were still basking in Di Canio’s arrival.
“Di Canio had just got the job and I lost that game,” said Moyes. “It was probably one of the only games I lost at Everton in the last 11 or 12 games. We go up there now with a new manager again, Kevin Ball, but he has been there for a while. He’s very experienced, he knows the club and he knows the players. He’ll have watched all the games and he’ll know what he has to do in this short-term period. Whether he gets the job or not, nobody knows but Sunderland look as if they played quite well in the last couple of games.”
Liverpool, two points behind the leaders, host struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday boosted by last weekend's goalscoring return of striker Luis Suarez against Sunderland after a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
"He's just given us more confidence," teammate Lucas Leiva told the club website.
"The squad that we had without him was a good one, but with him back in it, we'll be even better. He's one of the best in the world."
Seventh-placed Manchester City, who have yet to win in the league away from home after losing 3-2 at Aston Villa last time out, return to the Etihad Stadium to face Everton on Saturday.
City will be looking to rebound after suffering a humbling 3-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich on Wednesday as last season's Champions League winners handed out a masterclass in possession football.
Chelsea travel to Norwich City on Sunday without striker Fernando Torres, who was already suspended for the match but limped off with a knee injury during the 4-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League midweek.