Dion Dublin believes his old club Manchester United have made the only sensible appointment in choosing Everton manager David Moyes to succeed the retired Sir Alex Ferguson.
Former striker Dublin, a member of the 1992/93 squad that ended United’s 26-year wait for a top-flight title, believes that Moyes represents a natural progression from the outgoing Ferguson, who left the club at the end of the season after winning 38 major trophies during his 26-and-a-half years at Old Trafford.
“I don’t think there is any other way we could have gone,” Dublin said in an exclusive interview with bwin.
“I think there are other managers who have European experience, and that is what we want here, European success, but you’ve got to know this club.
“You’ve got to know what it means, you’ve got to know what it stands for, you’ve got to know what Sir Alex is going to allow into the football club.
“They have obviously spoken about it, they’ve obviously looked forward, and I think David Moyes is the right appointment.”
Moyes will be desperate to retain the Premier League title, which United won at a canter last term, and the Reds are the current 21/10 favourites to do so, while also being 11/2 to win the FA Cup, 7/1 to win the Capital One Cup and 10/1 to lift the Champions League trophy.
However, Dublin also warned the former Preston North End boss that he will have to get used to a more demanding environment than he was accustomed to at Goodison Park, suggesting that he will find out quickly that managing a club of United’s size comes with a different set of expectations.
“His biggest challenge will be being successful, winning trophies, being consistent,” added the ex-Aston Villa hitman.
“He’ll have to keep the players onside and know how to manage individual personalities who are world-class footballers.
“Everything that Sir Alex did with his eyes closed – and it took him time to get to that stage, to be fair – David Moyes has got all that in front of him.
“I think he had that at Everton, but if you triple it, quadruple it, he’ll have it at United.”
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Moyes’ first competitive game in charge of United – the Community Shield aside – will be a trip to Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season, with the Reds made 3/5 favourites to pick up all three points.