Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 2nd 2013 Contents A56
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, October 2, 2013
David Moyes insists
Manchester United will
turn around their
depressing start to his
Installed as Sir Alex
Ferguson s successor
amid much fanfare this
summer, Moyes has
presided over a troubled
transition so far.
Hammered by Man-
chester City, then
stunned on home soil by
West Brom at the week-
end, the defending Pre-
mier League champions
have slithered into the
bottom half of the table,
experiencing their worst
start to a campaign since
Yet Moyes remains
In the knowledge sen-
ior figures with the Red
Devils, not least Sir
Bobby Charlton and Fer-
guson, who recommend-
ed his appointment, will
ensure he gets the time
needed to implement his
plans, Moyes spoke with
an air of certainty ahead
of today s tricky
encounter with Shakhtar
"I have been in situa-
tions very similar to this
at my old clubs Everton
and also at Preston," he
"You get on and you
do the right things. I
haven t changed what I
have done. I will continue
to do that.
"The results will come.
I have no doubt about
Moyes was not in par-
ticularly expansive mood.
From the same press
conference desk Ukraine
coach Oleg Blokhin
offered to take a journal-
ist outside for a "man-
to-man chat" during
Euro 2012, he could not
be said to be friendly
When reminded of his
apparent weekend claim
United lack the world-
class players needed to
compete in this most elite
of competitions, which
reached the final of as
recently as 2011, Moyes
attempted to clarify his
"I said to win the
Champions League you
need to have a certain
amount of world-class
players," he said.
"That is something
which we will try and do.
Of course we will try and
win the Champions
"It is part of the job at
Manchester United and
I will do everything pos-
sible to try and make that
These are evidently not
easy times at Old Traf-
ford though, even if
Michael Carrick has been
around long enough to
realise situations can be
turned around very
"We are still confi-
dent," said the England
"Whether we win or
lose the last game we
always deal with it and
"We have had a good
start in this competition.
That is the way we are
looking at it. It is a tough
place but we are looking
forward to it."
By his own admission,
Moyes adopted a conser-
vative approach to his
first few games in the job.
That stance now
appears to have changed.
Rio Ferdinand s
firmed the 34-year-old
would have missed the
trip anyway even without
the slight groin problem
that eventually ruled---
seems to be an admission
the former England man
cannot play back-to-
Anderson s omission
appears equally signifi-
cant, and not in a good
way for the Brazilian,
who has not fulfilled the
promise that brought him
to United from Porto in
Wilfried Zaha s omis-
sion, following a reserve
team outing on Monday
night, was predictable,
even if Moyes continued
refusal to select the
arrival from Crystal
Palace remains perplex-
At least Robin van Per-
sie should start after his
recent thigh complaint.
"He is fit," said Moyes.
"We will make a decision
whether we start him or
"He is as good as any-
body I have seen. His
is fantastic and he is a
Moyes may not have
taken too kindly to the
intense scrutiny being
Manchester City manager Manuel
Pellegrini has no interest in turning
his side s Champions League clash
with Bayern Munich into a personal
battle with Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola brings Bayern, the German
and European champions, to the Etihad
Stadium in the second round of fixtures
in Group D this week.
Pellegrini is still to get the better of
the former Barcelona boss, with whom
he clashed regularly in Spain.
Barcelona beat Pellegrini s Real
Madrid twice during the 2009-10 sea-
son, when the Catalans pipped the
Bernabeu giants to the title.
With Malaga, Pellegrini lost all four
games against Barca between 2010 and
2012. His only inkling of success in a
Guardiola battle was a 3-3 draw at the
Nou Camp with Villarreal in 2009.
Now in charge at City, Pellegrini has
a much more impressive squad at his
disposal but his only concern is eking
three points out of them and not finally
The Chilean said: "It s always about
the players. I don t play against Pep
Guardiola. It is Bayern against Man-
"The key is always the performance
of the important players. They must
appear in important games and nor-
mally it s the key that makes the dif-
Pellegrini s strong Champions League
reputation, having taken Villarreal to
the semifinals and Malaga to the last
eight, was one of the chief reasons City
recruited him in the summer.
Guardiola, who has won the com-
petition twice as manager, had previ-
ously been linked with City but had
long been appointed by Bayern when
the Eastlands vacancy eventually arose.
Pellegrini said: "Pep is a great man-
ager and he s at a great club also.
"I know it s not easy for him to
improve on what Bayern did last year
but in some way he will give Bayern
the characteristics of the teams he man-
aged, the characteristics that he gave
to Barcelona in his four years. We expect
that from Bayern."
Paolo Di Canio has broken his
silence over his sacking by Sunderland
to deny reports of a training ground
bust-up and insist he should have
been given more time at the Stadium
Di Canio was dismissed after just 13
games in charge following the 3-0
defeat at West Brom last month, amid
suggestions some of the club s senior
players had been instrumental in his
removal. But, in a statement, the Italian
described the reports as "wholly
untrue"---and repeated his belief that
he was capable of turning the club s
poor start to the season around.
Di Canio said: "There was no training
ground bust-up as some are reporting
and many of the players have since
sent me messages thanking me for my
time as their manager and helping them
improve as footballers.
"We could see that results had not gone
as well as any of us had hoped, but I felt
as a team we could turn things around."
Di Canio was widely credited with
keeping Sunderland in the Premier
League last season after replacing Mar-
tin O Neill at the end of March.
He became an instant hero after
inspiring a famous 3-0 win over north-
east rivals Newcastle at St James s Park
in only his second game in charge.
But despite bringing in 14 new players
over the summer, his side took just a
single point from their first five games
of the new season.
Di Canio said: "When you bring in
14 new players, many from overseas
and very few with Premiership expe-
rience it is going to take time for them
to adapt to the English game and to
gel as a team.
"As I have said many times, I love
English football and I feel that my time
at the club has been unfairly cut short
as given the chance, I am certain that
had I been allowed longer, I would have
been able to develop the team to achieve
the success Sunderland fans desire."
placed not just on results,
but his public utterances.
He bristled when
informed Shakhtar coach
Mircea Lucescu had
questioned his recent
"It never caused Sir
Alex Ferguson any prob-
lem when he did it," he
But this is the high-
profile role Moyes put
himself forward for when
he answered the call from
Ferguson last spring.
And it was rammed
home again when fans
turned out to greet his
team in their arrival in
"It is always the thing
at Manchester United,"
Di Canio refutes claim of dispute
Pellegrini No Guardiola grudge
Manchester United s Wayne Rooney centre trains with team mates at Carrington training ground in
Manchester yesterday Manchester United will play in the Ukraine at Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champion s
League Group A football match today AP PHOTO
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