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Nov 14, 2013

Moyes will succeed at United - Howard

Tim Howard is sure Manchester United will soon be David Moyes' team and believes his former Everton manager has the ability to succeed at Old Trafford.

Howard has described Moyes as being a 'father figure' to him
Howard has described Moyes as being a 'father figure' to him.

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The U.S. international goalkeeper played under Moyes for seven years at Goodison Park after the Scot signed him from United, and he feels the 50-year-old's man-management skills enable him to get players to perform to their full potential.

And Howard, who regards Moyes as a father figure, said he "loves" the new United manager and calls him the biggest influence on his career to date.

Howard told reporters: "What is the definition of a Manchester United manager? I think Moyes is a top manager who always gets the best out of his players, so if that's what it takes to be a Manchester United manager, then the answer is yes.

"Change is difficult and following Sir Alex [Ferguson] is never easy. That's why they gave him a six-year contract, because it takes time to mould and shape things. Soon it will be David Moyes' team."

Howard appreciated Moyes' honesty and said he benefited from the Scotsman's willingness to criticise his players.

"When I look back on my career in a few years, when it's all said and done, then David Moyes will have had the biggest influence on my career," Howard said.

"I don't think everyone takes to this, but I've always been the type of player who wants it on the chin. If it's good, then I want a pat on the back, but if it's bad, then let me know. Moyes was like a father figure to me in that respect.

"He trusted me a lot but, with that trust and responsibility, I sometimes got the short end of the stick. The main thing is I always appreciated his honesty.

"It seemed like he was rollicking me every week, but when he places that much responsibility on your shoulders then he expects a lot of you and I wouldn't be where I am now without him.

"He gave me the opportunities that some people would never have given me. I have played hundreds of games for Everton and there are probably a few where I shouldn't have been selected, but he trusted me to keep going. I love him."

Howard is currently in the U.S. squad preparing to face Scotland in a friendly at Hampden Park on Friday.

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