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Moyes will be best man to handle pressure at Manchester United: Healy

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland great David Healy believes his old boss David Moyes has got what it takes to replace Sir Alex Ferguson and become a success as Manchester United manager.

Healy started his career as a kid under Ferguson at United before signing for Preston where Moyes was in charge. He is well qualified to talk about both men.

"I'm a Man United supporter and I'd be all for David Moyes going in to take over from Sir Alex," said Healy.

"I've heard some people say that the job may be too big for him, but I disagree with that.

"When I played for David at Preston he was my first real manager after Sir Alex Ferguson and I thought he was an excellent boss.

"He is a very good tactician, he has a real eye for a player and you shouldn't underestimate the job he has done at Everton. He's also a strong character. Going into the United dressing room he is going to need that quality.

"I do believe he can be a good manager for United. Hopefully he'll put his own stamp on the club and bring them further success."

Healy admitted to being quite "emotional" when he heard the news that Ferguson was leaving the manager's job at Old Trafford.

"I was shocked when the speculation started about him possibly stepping down but now that it has happened quite rightly everyone is reflecting on his incredible achievements at Manchester United," said Northern Ireland's record goalscorer.

"Certainly when the news was confirmed that he was leaving at the end of the season, the memories began to flood back. It was quite emotional.

"This is a man who gave me my Premier League debut, who I met when I was 13 with my mum and dad and went out of his way to look after me and he was always there when I was coming through the ranks at United."

As for what Ferguson did for United, Healy has no doubt about his influence, saying: "He turned them into the global mega club that they are now.

"United were not at that level when he arrived. They were obviously a big club with a great tradition and history from the days of Sir Matt Busby and they had famous players from the past, but until Sir Alex Ferguson took over United were on the slide and Liverpool were dominating English football.

"He came in and was given a little bit of time and it took him that time to find the right calibre of players he wanted and once he did that he took the club from one success to another.

"To win as many trophies as he has and the way he has done it deserves huge praise. United are now one of the richest clubs in the world and one of the biggest brands and while not all of that is down to him, I believe the majority of it is."

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