Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

David Healy backs old boss David Moyes to ride out storm at Manchester United

David Healy started his career at Manchester United

Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy believes David Moyes has the qualities to be a hit at Manchester United insisting that his old boss needs to be given time to turn things around at Old Trafford.

United, after another lack lustre display, were eliminated from the League Cup at the semi-final stage by Premier League strugglers Sunderland in a dramatic penalty shoot-out on Wednesday night.

It was the latest disappointment for the Red Devils in a long list of them since Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.

Already out of the title race, won by Ferguson last season, and knocked out of the FA Cup and the League Cup, the only trophy available to them is the Champions League.

There's more chance of England winning the World Cup, but United might just need to triumph in the European Cup in order to play in the lucrative competition next season because they are seventh in the league, six points away from a top four place, and so out of sorts it has become embarrassing.

They have lost SEVEN out of 22 matches in the Premier League and been defeated FOUR times in all competitions in January alone.

Chelsea's gifted midfielder Juan Mata is joining United in a big money move while Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will surely return to action soon after niggly injuries, but the pressure on Moyes is more intense than ever.

Many United fans have decided six months into his reign that the ex-Everton boss, whose mother was from Portrush, is not up to the task.

Northern Ireland hero Healy disagrees. He began his career at Manchester United under Ferguson with Moyes buying him for £1.5m early in 2001 when he was in charge of Preston.

The pair enjoyed a successful relationship for several years with Healy scoring lots of goals and enjoying working with the Scot. When Healy, scorer of 36 goals for his country, retired last year Moyes paid a glowing tribute to the Killyleagh man.

Now Healy is putting up a strong defence for Moyes.

"I'm a Man United supporter and when David Moyes took over from Sir Alex I was all for it," said Healy.

"When I played for him at Preston I thought he was an excellent boss. He was a very good tactician, had a real eye for a player and was a strong character. Obviously he is going to need that quality now.

"He has had a tough start at United, but I still believe he can be a good manager there and I know he'll be working hard to put things right. He needs time to put his own stamp on the club and bring further success. What he also needs is support from his players and the United fans."

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