Former Manchester United star Andrew Cole has supported the club’s appointment of David Moyes, but has warned that the former Everton manager has an ‘impossible’ task in trying to emulate the success of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 71-year-old retired at the end of last season after 26-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, during which time he won 38 major trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.
Ferguson was heavily involved in choosing his fellow Scot to succeed him and Cole, who scored 93 goals in 195 league games for United, said he believes the 50-year-old former Preston North End manager will prove to be a shrewd selection.
“I think it is a good appointment,” Cole said in an exclusive interview with bwin. “We all know, and I know why you’re asking the question, that everyone gets judged on results. When I was playing I got judged on scoring goals, and David Moyes will come to Manchester United and get judged on his results for the football club, just like players get judged on their performances and the fans get judged on how loud they are. That’s what it’s all about. Hopefully he will come in here and do a very good job, and things will work out very well for him.”
But Cole, part of the 1999 treble winning team, has warned Moyes that following in the footsteps of Ferguson will be difficult and that fans used to winning trophies in style will expect to see more of the same under his stewardship.
“I’m not going to say he can do what the manager did, because that is going to be impossible,” he said. “I think his biggest challenge is to come here and win over the fans. Fans want to win no matter what it is, and they want to win playing the Manchester United way, playing Manchester United-style football, and to win silverware is very important to this football club. So if he can come here and do that, especially in his first season, that’ll be very good.”