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David Moyes “underestimated the magnitude” of Man United job

Rene Meulensteen says Moyes moving from Everton to United was “like going from steering a yacht to a cruise liner”.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has said that David Moyes may have “underestimated the magnitude” of his position as Red Devils boss, reports CNN.

Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout last summer, but, in contrast to his predecessor, who lasted more than 26 years, Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge.

During that period, United played 51 competitive games, winning 27, drawing nine and losing 15.

Meulensteen, who worked under Ferguson for more than a decade, told CNN: “What you have to remember is that Alex Ferguson evolved into that role over 26 years.

“He was completely embedded in the club. He was in a completely different position to David Moyes.

“Maybe in hindsight, David probably underestimated the magnitude of the position. I tried to explain to David that it would be like going from steering a yacht to a cruise liner.

“Ferguson adapted to the role – he learned how to delegate and trust. He was very good at stepping back to see the bigger picture and making sure the cruise liner stayed on course.

“When you manage other clubs you are probably able to be more hands-on.”

Prior to becoming United boss in July, Moyes spent over 11 years as Everton manager. His first job in management was a four-year spell in charge of Preston North End.

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