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Moyes insists he's in charge at United

ESPN staff
September 22, 2013
Moyes is adamant Sir Alex Ferguson's presence is only a positive © Getty Images

David Moyes has insisted he is fully in charge at Manchester United despite Sir Alex Ferguson's continued presence around the club.

United go into their first Manchester derby in 27 years without Ferguson at the helm this afternoon, but Moyes says that any shadow still cast over the club by their greatest manager is only a positive for him.

Asked if Ferguson's presence posed any problems moving the club forward, Moyes replied: "No, absolutely none whatsoever. I pop in to see him after the game. We'll say hello. He is a director now and I am going to use his advice. Why would I not do that? I would be a fool not to.

"I'm happy for him to be here. He is not interfering. There is no interference whatsoever because he knows what it is to be a manager and he knows what that entails. You have to get on with the job yourself."

Moyes also welcomed Ferguson's recent comments about Wayne Rooney, where he said the striker was "back to what we always remember" after scoring twice in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen in midweek.

"I thought Sir Alex just said exactly how he felt the boy played," said Moyes.

"The words 'olive branch' have been used but I think it was more: 'Hey, I saw a Wayne Rooney full of desire and determination. He was turning and beating people, scored a couple of goals and you could see his running and effort for the team'. I don't think it was to do with anything else.

"He [Sir Alex] spoke simply as a football man."

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