Hughes believes Man Utd players should fear failure to win
Former Manchester United legend Mark Hughes believes fear of failure should help David Moyes’ men return to their best. Hughes claims it was fear of failure that kept striving for his best form back when he used to play for Manchester United.
The Welsh forward spent a decade at Manchester United, during which he scored 163 goals and won a total of 12 trophies. Hughes was a huge part of the revolution at Manchester United, a time during which the club won its first league title in 26 years and saw the club rise into the upper echelons of football under then manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Nowadays, Hughes is managing Stoke City, a team that defeated Manchester United 2-1 last Saturday. As Manchester United went down for their eighth defeat of the season, Hughes claims he wasn’t able to see the fiery spirit or the fear of conceding defeat in his old team.
Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes has endured a difficult start to the season after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer last year. However, the Scotsman was expected to settle down by now. Hughes believes Manchester United has lost its character and are unable to cope with the pressure anymore.
“Obviously, there is huge focus on them,” Hughes told reporters. “But you have to deal with that attention. I used to use that as a motivation. From my point of view it was fear of failure. It was like: 'Don't let anyone have the opportunity to criticize.' That was what drove me on and I would suggest it's what drove a lot of United players on. United have always had that and they have players in their group now who have it.
“There will be pressure, that's obvious, but it goes with the territory.”
Hughes backed Moyes to continue working hard for Manchester United’s success. The former Wales international believes Moyes will settle down at the Old Trafford hotseat and steer the club into a brighter future.
Hughes said that problems were expected to rise after Ferguson’s departure since he had ruled the club for 26 years. Hughes, who has also managed other Premier League clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, claims Moyes’ success at Everton is proof enough of his qualities as manager and that the Scotsman will come through and deliver in due time.