My future at Man Utd has not changed one bit – Moyes

2014-03-19 08:37

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Manchester – Manchester United manager David Moyes was in defiant mood ahead of their Champions League match against Olympiakos, denying his job was under threat and saying he had the full backing of the club’s board.

He also said United were focused on planning for the long-term and not worrying about the period of transition they are in following the retirement of Alex Ferguson after 26 years in charge.

The struggling Premier League champions must overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their round 16 game in Greece to keep alive their last remaining hope of lifting a trophy this season.

The demoralising 3-0 home Premier League defeat by Liverpool on Sunday increased the pressure on Moyes, who has endured a troubled start to his United reign after replacing Ferguson last year.

“My future has not changed one bit,” Moyes told a news conference yesterday. “I have got a great job and know exactly the direction I want to go in.

“It has not been the season we wanted, but I have ideas I want to put in place and the most important thing is Olympiakos. If we can go through it would be a massive lift. We know we have got ourselves in a poor position being 2-0 down.

“The biggest assurance is the club will let me get on with the job. I have a six-year contract. This club does not work on a short-term vision, it works on a long-term vision,” Moyes said.

“The support inside Old Trafford has been phenomenal. Sir Alex has been incredibly supportive, so has [director] David Gill and the board.

“Sir Alex told me it was going to be a very difficult job, but he is always there to help.”

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