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LONDON---It was when he was alone
for the first time in the office vacated
by Alex Ferguson that the magnitude
of the daunting --- but exhilarating ---
job became apparent to David Moyes.
Manchester United had a new man-
ager for the first time since 1986, and
the domain where Ferguson had
presided over years of supremacy now
belonged to Moyes.
"Sitting in the chair for the first time
felt odd," Moyes recalled ahead of the
champions Premier League opener at
Swansea today. "With nobody looking,
I thought I would have to see how it
feels in case anybody thought I looked
After 11 years at Everton, Moyes is
still feeling his way into the United job
and trying to prove a worthy successor
to the greatest of British managers.
"I still go into the office and feel Sir
Alex is still here," Moyes said. "And he
Ferguson handpicked Moyes as his
successor, calling the Everton manager
to his house in April to let him in on
the secret that he was retiring at the
end of the season --- and telling Moyes
that he would be the new United man-
ager. The succession began officially
after United eased to a record-extending
20th English title.
As a manager who won 38 titles
inside 27 years, the 71-year-old Ferguson
became the face and symbol of the
modern United, and escaping his shad-
ow will be hard.
"It might take me 18 months to two
years to get things changed around,"
The 50-year-old Scotsman will con-
tinue to tap into the wisdom of his
compatriot, who is swapping the dress-
ing room for the boardroom at Old
"I went to see him at home the other
day, he was great," Moyes said. "He is
recovering from his hip operation. I will
use him for advice. He will be a great
He could also still play a part in shap-
ing the team.
Moyes biggest challenge since his
first official day in Ferguson s office on
July 1 has been strengthening the squad
before the September 2 transfer dead-
line. But the headline-grabbing signings
have not transpired despite the club
having pursued Barcelona midfielders
Cesc Fabregas, who committed his
future to the Spanish champions, and
Thiago Alcantara, who chose Bayern
In the future, Moyes said could turn
to Ferguson to help push deals over the
line, using his standing in the game to
reinforce the allure of United to hesitant
"This club has ways and means of
attracting the top players to the club,"
Moyes said. "And if we needed to use
Sir Alex he would be more than happy
At the same time, though, Moyes is
trying to carve out his own history at
United and prove that he was the right
man for the job.
It seems to grate the former Celtic
defender that some question his cre-
dentials, pointing to his limited success
as a manager in terms of trophies.
Moyes won the third-tier title with
Preston in 2000, before going to Everton
where he impressed during more a
decade under financial constraints with-
out winning any honors.
"Sometimes it s forgotten I have
managed in the Premier League for 11
years so I am relatively experienced in
those terms," said Moyes, who doesn t
count Sunday s Community Shield vic-
tory over Wigan as his first United title.
"In my mind I have landed the
biggest job. Yes, I am a rookie at Man-
chester United but I am not a rookie
overall. I hope I am able to show that
as the seasons progress."
After Moyes potentially tricky league
opener at Swansea on Saturday, there
are games against Chelsea, Liverpool
and Manchester City among the next
Moyes complained that the tough
start looked to have been devised by
the Premier League.
"Well the old manager told me those
sort of things happened," Moyes
quipped, referring to Ferguson s
renowned clashes with the footballing
The league insisted the fixtures
process was "fair and above board."
During the opening weeks of the sea-
son, the reaction of fans will only be
one indicator of the level of confidence
Another will come from Wall Street,
with United listed on the New York
Stock Exchange, although the American
Glazer family retains control of the club.
Don t read into that, though, that
winning doesn t matter.
United has become accustomed to
silverware under Ferguson, who ended
the 26-year wait for a league title in
1993. And the mindset of a team famed
for its thrilling comebacks and late goals
in "Fergie Time" must be retained.
"There is an expectancy and that is
to try and win. ... The most important
and impressive thing (Ferguson) has left
is the winning mentality," Moyes said.
And even if Moyes does manage to
win titles in his first season, he knows
he ll still never have the stature of his
"It will not get better than Sir Alex
Ferguson," Moyes said. "It just won t."
Suarez has been seen
training with Liver-
pool s first-team
that the Uruguay
striker has patched up
his differences with
Rodgers after going
public with his desire
to leave the Premier
Rodgers said last
week that Suarez would
need to apologise to his
teammates and the club
before he could return
to training after com-
plaining about the
player s attitude and
The club hasn t yet
said whether the player
has made an official
Suarez, who has
been training on his
own, is unavailable for
the first six games of
the new season because
of suspension. AP
ROME---Italian Cup winner
Lazio will be the underdog when
it faces two-time reigning Serie
A champion Juventus in the
Supercup tomorrow, but coach
Vladimir Petkovic believes his side
has nothing to fear.
Juventus has won the Supercup
five times and needs one more vic-
tory to draw level with AC Milan
as the team that has lifted the tro-
phy most often. Lazio has won it
three times, beating Juventus in
"Juventus will be the No 1
favourite in the league this year
too, they have more quality and
important players," Petkovic said.
"But in one-off games we don t
fear anyone, we can compete
"We have made progress, we
have worked a lot on that," he said.
"The squad has been improved,
we can give a good display."
Lazio s preseason has included
victories over Crystal Palace and
Nice, and a draw against Panathi-
naikos. Juventus will be hoping its
offseason results aren t an indicator
of what the season has in store.
The Italian champion was
stunned 3-1 by the Los Angeles
Galaxy in a preseason tournament
and also lost on penalties to Ever-
ton, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
"What will happen in the first
games is always an unknown, espe-
cially when you re playing for a
trophy," Lazio s Petkovic said. "You
go into the match with so many
doubts, but also with a few cer-
tainties, like the fact that we ll do
everything to win."
"We re already mentally prepared
and motivated. The only unknown
factor is these first official games
where you don t yet know what
level we re at. It s the same for Juve,
seeing how their games have gone.
I m optimistic."
Lazio beat Juventus 2-1 at the
Stadio Olimpico last season to
progress to the Italian Cup final,
where it beat bitter rival Roma.
The teams drew the first leg in
Turin, where their Serie A match
last season also ended all square.
Juventus won their league
encounter in Rome.
If Antonio Conte s team wins on
tomorrow, it will be the second
successive Supercup triumph for
Juventus after last season s 4-2
victory over Napoli. AP
ing Mario Goetze is in
Bayern Munich s
squad to face Eintracht
Frankfurt in the Bun-
desliga today after
Bayern coach Pep
Guardiola says the Ger-
many star "has only
trained six or seven
times with us, but he
is a very intelligent
player. He ll come with
us to Frankfurt."
Goetze, a 37-mil-
transfer from Bundesli-
ga rival Borussia Dort-
mund, made his Bay-
ern debut in a friendly
game at Hungarian
champion Gyor last
Sunday, scoring two
goals in a 4-1 win.
hadn t played since
Guardiola s depar-
ture opened the pos-
sibility of Goetze play-
ing today. AP
MONTBELIARD---Lyon came from behind to beat
Sochaux 3-1 in the French league yesterday, scoring
two goals in eight minutes to turn the match around.
Sochaux narrowly avoided relegation last season
but got off to a good start when it was awarded a
penalty in the fourth minute after Milan Bisevac
shoulder-barged Cedric Bakambu off the ball. Ryad
Boudebouz confidently converted.
However, after that it was all Lyon and the visitors
pressure paid off in the 35th minute when the ever-
dangerous Clement Grenier sent a through-ball in
for teenager Yassine Benzia to score his first league
goal with a powerful effort into the top left corner.
Alexandre Lacazette gave Lyon the lead with his
third goal in two games, firing in from the edge of
the area after a delightful touch back from Benzia.
The France international scored the same number
of goals in 31 league matches last season.
Lyon, which finished third last season, extended
its advantage moments after halftime, thanks to a
well-placed effort from Yoann Gourcuff.
Lyon, which won its opening match 4-0 last week-
end, is five points clear of defending champion Paris
Saint-Germain, which hosts Ajaccio today. AP
Moyes: It will not get
better than Ferguson
David Moyes...Sir Alex's successor at Manchester United.
We do not
Lyon comes from behind to win 3-1 at Sochaux
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