David Moyes: My Man United future hasn’t changed one bit
Manchester United manager David Moyes says the Red Devils are a club with a long-term vision despite results
David Moyes insists his Manchester United future isn’t dependent on their result against Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils are bidding to overturn a two-goal deficit after suffering a shock 2-0 loss to the Greek champions in Athens three weeks ago.
United are approaching the Champions League last-16 tie looking to bounce back from a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
And the under-pressure 50-year-old, who signed a six-year deal as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor last summer, is adamant that his United future is safe.
“My future has not changed one bit,” said Moyes.
“I’ve got a great job. I know exactly the direction I want to go in.
“It’s not been the season we hoped we would at this present time but I have ideals I want to put in place when the time is right but the most important thing now is to get the Olympiacos game played and hopefully get through that competition.”
Moyes stressed the importance of his six-year contract and the faith which the United hierarchy have in him despite recent results.
“The biggest assurance is they will let me get on with the job,” Moyes added.
“We never discuss it [his future]. I have a six-year contract. This club does not work on short-term vision, it works on a long-term vision.”
Man United v Olympiacos: Pre-match facts
• United have a 100% home record in the Champions League, having beaten Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk. Another victory would spell their best sequence in the competition at Old Trafford since 2007/08, when they went on to win the competition.
• United have mounted a successful fightback only once after a first-leg defeat in the Champions League. That came when they overwhelmed Roma 7-1 after a 2-1 reverse in Italy in the 2006/07 quarter-finals.
• Shinji Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund beat Olympiacos 3-1 at home but lost 1-0 away in the 2011-12 group stage.
• United have scored 548 goals in Uefa competition and conceded 299.