| Alex Ferguson |
Alex Ferguson believes it would be a ‘fantastic achievement’ for David Moyes to win any trophy with Manchester United this season.
Moyes has not had the easiest of transitions after replacing Ferguson in the summer. Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford means United have won just three of their opening eight Premier League matches.
Already they have dropped eight points behind leaders Arsenal and it looks unlikely they will mount a successful defence of the championship Ferguson won for the 13th time in May before his emotional farewell.
However, United have begun their Champions League campaign well and also defeated Liverpool to advance in the Capital One Cup. And Ferguson claimed any kind of silverware should be regarded as a success this term.
“For David, winning any trophy would be a fantastic achievement,” said Ferguson. “No matter what it is — the League Cup, FA Cup, European Cup or Premier League. We’ve always had priorities obviously and David is aware of that but I hope he achieves it.”
Moyes’ problem is obvious. Throughout the entire Premier League era, United have not finished lower than third place in the table. They won the Champions League twice under Ferguson and reached two more finals, won the FA Cup five times and the League Cup on four occasions. It is some standard Moyes has to maintain.
“The key for David is not to look to do anything better or less but just to maintain what the club has been doing for 20-odd years and keep the success going,” said Ferguson. “It is not easy winning a trophy in our league because you could say there are six teams fighting for the league.”
Ferguson is certain Moyes will be given the space to do the job though given the vast amount of experience amongst the Old Trafford hierarchy. “He has great support at the club. It is a fantastically-run club. There are absolutely no issues about it. Every club needs a little bit of luck and hopefully we’ll get the luck.”
Meanwhile, Moyes has rejected the theory United have lost their fear factor following the retirement of Ferguson. “The fear comes from the team on the pitch,” said Moyes.
“Obviously Ferguson has a great history and his experience will always work in charge of any team. But the players have always been the people that have to turn out and do it.”
Unfortunately for Moyes, they are lacking the killer instinct at present. United led through Robin van Persie and created countless other chances to seal victory. But they failed to take their opportunities, leaving the visitors to claim a point after Lallana got the faintest of touches to Dejan Lovren’s goal-bound effort.
“We should probably have put the game to bed earlier,” said Moyes. “We had a couple of chances, hit the bar and had a couple of other opportunities. We had some pockets of play when we were very good and there were times when we were not as good.”