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Jul 14, 2013

New Man Utd boss on steep learning curve

Manchester United's David Moyes admits he is yet to come to terms with the level of scrutiny he faces as manager of the world's biggest football club.

Moyes has had just two weeks in the role that was occupied by Sir Alex Ferguson for 26 years.

His first match at the helm, against the Thai All Stars on Saturday, ended in 1-0 defeat - one goal less than Ferguson's loss on debut as manager with the Red Devils at Oxford United in 1986.

The 50-year-old Scot said the experience at Old Trafford does not compare to his decade at fellow Premier League club Everton, which included a three-match tour in Australia in 2010.

"I have to put this in perspective and it is completely different," said Moyes in Sydney on Sunday ahead of Saturday's sold-out pre-season tour match against the A-League All Stars.

"The amount of support we've had, the amount of interest we've had from you people (media) ... constantly we are watched and scrutinised and it's something I'll need to come to terms with.

"The previous manager, Sir Alex, told me what to expect.

"He told me especially what the tours were going to be like and I think if you have a football club like Manchester United, you have to make sure you go to your supporters worldwide."

Moyes said his objective, like any other coach, was to win as many trophies with the Red Devils as possible.

"I'm following probably the finest football manager that's ever lived," he said of his predecessor, who won 38 trophies and 13 English Premier League titles.

"I'm always saying if I can even win a quarter of what he won, I'll have done very well.

"But the first thing I've got to do is settle into the job, get to know everybody and find my way around."

United veteran Ryan Giggs, who made his debut for the club in 1990, said it felt strange playing under a new manager but on the pitch, it was not very different.

"I've only had one manager for 20 years, so it's strange, but you move on," he said.

"I've really enjoyed it. Just like any other pre-season, you've got to work hard, knuckle down and prepare yourself as best you can for the first game of the season against Swansea (on August 17)."

The 39-year-old Giggs added that he was enjoying football more than ever, but couldn't explain the motivation behind staying in the game for so long.

"Crazy aren't I?" he joked.

"I'm enjoying it just as much as I did 20 years ago, simple as that.

"Every year is a bonus for me.

"This is the start of the journey this season and I hope to be lifting a trophy at the end of it."

The size and popularity of Manchester United was evident at Moyes' first Australian media conference with the Red Devils, who had at least a dozen support staff, five video camera crews and nearly as many photographers at the event on Sunday.

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