Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Moyes remains true to his beliefs

David Moyes insists Manchester United is still a big draw for any prospective signing

Manchester United manager David Moyes has underlined the core aspects of his managerial philosophy that will never change.

Moyes has come to the end of his first pre-season campaign as United boss but before Monday night's encounter with Kitchee FC, he spoke to Press Association Sport.

And, whilst a journey that has taken him from humble beginnings at Preston to his present status in charge of the Premier League champions has clearly exposed himself to better players, he feels some values remain the same.

"There are still core values," he said. "There are still standards you want, which are basic at any level of football; discipline, punctuality, level of intensity in a training session.

"Those things do not change."

Observing Moyes on the training pitch is to see a man at ease with his work.

Maybe that is to be expected in a man whose attention to detail is such he used to drive south on his days off whilst still a player at Dunfermline to watch matches to broaden his knowledge of the game.

"I always think it is important to watch and learn and try to get better and improve," he said. "I am no different now.

"My enthusiasm to try and make training as real as the games, having imagination and the pictures you see is still the same. But your coaching style and how you work is continually evolving.

"You change with the level of player you have. You have to think differently about the work you are giving players. Hopefully that would be the way I would continually try to self-improve."

Moyes has officially been in charge less than a month. In the cases of Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia, he has not even met some of his players yet. There is over a month left until the transfer window closes.

However, some United fans have shown their impatience already, questioning the lack of new arrivals ahead of a campaign that admittedly begins with those three blockbuster fixtures out of the first five.

"If you win one game folk will think you are good. If you lose one folk will think you are rubbish," said Moyes. "You hope there is a little bit of sense and people understand where you are going.

"It is a big job. It is a new job. It will take time, as it would for anybody else."

Meanwhile, Manchester United group managing director Richard Arnold has revealed the club intend to use Twitter as one of the ways of improving fan communication.

Sir Alex Ferguson was famously distrustful of the popular social networking site, questioning why his players, including Rio Ferdinand, did not go to a library and read a book to fill their time.

Since Ferguson's exit as manager however, United have launched their own official Twitter feed, that by the end of their pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia had already attracted in excess of 600,000 followers.