Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

David Moyes is going to be great at Manchester United, says Keith Gillespie

Under pressure: David Moyes has endured a difficult start as boss

Keith Gillespie is convinced David Moyes is the right man to take Manchester United forward because Sir Alex Ferguson says so.

Gillespie still retains a great deal of affection and respect for the iconic Scot, who gave him his first team United debut when he was just a kid.

The Northern Ireland winger may not have gone on to have the career of other 'Fergie Fledglings' like David Beckham and Paul Scholes, but in his autobiography, Gillespie says he is content with his lot, reflecting on those who didn't make the grade rather than those who became world renowned stars.

Just as he was as a youngster, Gillespie is still a big United fan and believes that patience is required for Moyes to be a hit having replaced Ferguson in the Old Trafford hotseat.

"It was always going to be tough for United this season because it is so difficult to replace a manager like Sir Alex Ferguson," said Gillespie.

"I do believe though that David Moyes is the right man for the job because Sir Alex Ferguson picked him.

"The fans and the people behind the scenes at United will be patient with David Moyes. When you look back to when Ferguson took over he didn't achieve much in his first four years. It took that breakthrough of winning the FA Cup in 1990 and they went on from there."

While it all started at United, Gillespie's playing career is now over.

And he believes he can retire having created a little bit of history having won the League Cup in England with Blackburn and the League Cup in Northern Ireland with Glentoran.

He says: "I think I'm the only person who can say that. With Glentoran people look back and say I didn't do anything in the Irish League but for me I thought I didn't do too bad. No disrespect but I was playing with players not on the same wavelength and people expected me to beat three or four players every time. Despite that expectation, I still enjoyed my time with Glentoran."

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