Former Manchester United marksman Andrew Cole believes manager David Moyes will enjoy success following in Sir Alex Ferguson’s footsteps.
Moyes was appointed on a six-year deal in May and is under pressure to deliver results in the wake of Ferguson’s trophy-laden 26-year stint at Old Trafford.
Cole, the second highest goalscorer in English Premier League history, is confident the former Everton manager will do a good job.
“David Moyes has come in. He’s done a wonderful job at Everton and I wish him well at Manchester United,” Cole said in Australia on Monday.
“I think we all know it’s going to be a very, very tough job to follow Sir Alex Ferguson but I really do believe he’ll do a very good job.”
Just like Manchester City and Chelsea, who have also changed managers in the off-season, United need to start the season well.
The pressure could increase on Moyes, City’s Manuel Pellegrini and Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho if their teams struggle early in their campaigns.
While Cole, now a global ambassador for United, said results were what mattered, he believes the club and fans need to give Moyes time.
“Manchester United gave David Moyes a six-year contract so they believe in him. Naturally they’re going to give him time,” he said.
“Football now is always guided by results. It’s a results-driven business.
“As Manchester United, we’re very spoilt and very privileged that we’ve won so much over the past 25 years.
“We want it to continue, naturally, but everyone wants to win the big prizes. We know we’re going to find it tough but I think David Moyes will do a very good job.”
Sorting out Wayne Rooney’s future would go a long way to settling United down, with the star striker reportedly wanting a move.
Cole believes the 27-year-old will remain at the club.
“Everyone wants him to stay. He’s a wonderful player. If you lose a quality player like that you’re going to be disappointed,” Cole said.
“I do believe he’s going to stay at Manchester United which is the most important thing.”