Manchester United manager David Moyes: My core values have not changed
Scot stills sees importance in discipline, punctuality and levels of intensity
Tuesday 30 July 2013
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 last 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.
Yet 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."
And, it is worth remembering amid the sniping over the pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, not even Sir Alex Ferguson got everyone he wanted.
And Moyes has the added difficulty of operating in an already congested market place cashed-up French duo Paris St Germain and Monaco have now muscled their way into.
"That is not something Manchester United are frightened of," said Moyes.
"Manchester United are more than happy to compete with all of the teams.
"There has been a change in the dynamic because of PSG coming on the scene recently. That has altered things.
"But Manchester United will always compete.
"One thing it has got is the history. It has got the name. It has got the success.
"That is a big pull for any player."
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli scored as many goals for AC Milan on second debut as he did for Liverpool in the Premier League last season
Cyprus vs Wales match report: Gareth Bale's bullet header has Welsh on brink of Euro 2016
Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager has four Guinness World records hanging in his office
Manchester United will pay Monaco £7.2m extra if Anthony Martial scores 25 goals in four years as deal could rise to incredible £58m
Pedro hits outs at Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for treatment of Victor Valdes
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees