Seamus Coleman backs David Moyes to handle Man United pressure

Everton defender Seamus Coleman backs former Toffees boss David Moyes to cope with the pressure at Manchester United

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David Moyes will take over at United on 1 July Photo: Back Page Images

Seamus Coleman believes David Moyes will be able to handle the pressure of managing Manchester United.

The 50-year-old was named as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor in May after calling time on an impressive 11-year reign at Goodison Park.

Moyes brought Coleman to the Toffees in a £600,000 deal from Irish side Sligo Rovers in 2006, and the right-back became a first-team regular at Everton.

And the Republic of Ireland international heaped praise on Moyes and is confident the former Toffees boss will be a success at his new club.

“I think Alex Ferguson had a big say in who the manager would be so he must see something good in him,” Coleman said.

“He has that longevity too. He’s been at Everton for 10 years and that’s maybe something Alex Ferguson looked at.”

“He’s done so well with Everton over the last 10 years, top eight every year with maybe not the budget everyone else has. He always manages to pick up good players.”

He added: “There is expectancy [at United]. “We’ll have to wait and see but I’m sure he wouldn’t take on a job like that if he didn’t believe in his own ability.

“I can only speak about my time at Everton with him and he’s been brilliant with me and I wish him the very best and hope he can have continued success at Manchester United. I owe him an awful lot.”

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