Moyes to begin Man Utd career with toughest schedule in 20 years
David Moyes claims he will begin his maiden voyage as manager of Manchester United with the club’s toughest start to a season in nearly two decades. The new Old Trafford boss believes Manchester United have been given the toughest list of fixtures, a schedule that is “hard to believe”.
Despite an unsatisfactory preseason, Moyes was able to win his first official game by defeating relegated-side Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield. The win isn’t enough to guarantee Manchester United will be able to successfully defend their Premier League title, but it does show that the club is sailing towards calmer waters once again.
Manchester United will begin their Premier League season with an away game against Swansea City. The Red Devils will then play against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in a short period of time. Moyes believes their challenges this season have become harder because of the runaway title victory from last season.
“I find it hard to believe that's the way the balls came out of the bag, that's for sure,” Moyes told reporters at Premier League’s opening ceremony in London. “I think it's the hardest start Manchester United have had for 20 years and I hope it's not because Man United won the league quite comfortably last season that the fixtures have been made much more difficult. It is certainly something I would question.
“But overall, you have to play every team twice and if we've got a tough start then the others have a tough game playing Manchester United as well.”
Moyes refrained from talking in detail about Wayne Rooney’s role in Saturday’s match against Swansea City, although Rooney played for more than an hour for England in a friendly against Scotland on Wednesday night. The English forward also came up with an assist.
“I thought Wayne played well. It was great for Wayne to get some minutes in terms of his fitness and we will assess his fitness when we get back to Manchester,” Moyes said.
Moyes also said that he felt “privileged” to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United. The Scotsman showered praise upon Manchester United players for showing ambition for success and glory.
“One of the strongest parts of Manchester United is the hunger the players have got,” Moyes added. “What the manager left in place is great and more importantly, their will to win and their hunger to continue having success is great. I'm looking forward to the players showing me what they can do through the season.
“I'm privileged to be manager of Manchester United. I know the manager I am trying to follow, I know it will be tough, but it's something I'm looking forward to. This team ended up as champions last season and the aim is to get the same result this season.”