I told you it was going to be a long job... Moyes accepts criticism 'goes with territory' but warns getting United right will take time

David Moyes insists managing Manchester United is a long-term project.

Moyes has been under intense scrutiny over the past couple of weeks, following successive Premier League defeats to Manchester City and West Brom.

United head to Sunderland on Saturday looking to avoid experiencing a third straight loss for the first time since December 2001, and another two weeks of debate given the international break follows immediately afterwards.

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Pressure: David Moyes has come under scrutiny since taking over from Alex Ferguson (below right)

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Sir Alex Ferguson

Yet Sir Alex Ferguson underlined earlier this week he has total faith in Moyes, who in turn insists he will prove to be the right man for the role.

However, he does acknowledge the work he has to do will take time.

'I told people it was going to be a long job,' he said.

'The Manchester United board put me in charge. They know where we are going.

'It is not a short-term fix it is a long-term one we have got here.

'Hopefully we will do it short-term as well.

'The plan is to win at Sunderland and hopefully the situation you mentioned doesn't happen.'

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Got any ideas? David Moyes (right) speaks to United veteran Ryan Giggs

This week's analysis of Ferguson's extended TV interview in the United States is a microcosm of the kind of scrutiny any United manager is exposed to.

Performances and statements are not just reported, but dissected and analysed in a manner few other clubs experience, and Moyes was not exposed to at Everton.

'It has surprised me a little bit,' said Moyes.

'But Manchester United is arguably the biggest club in the world.


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'If you lose a couple of games you are going to get talked about. You deserve to be talked about.

'I have no problem with that. I was getting talked about when I wasn't losing though. That was the bit that made me think 'where has that come from'.

'But it goes with the territory.'

Moyes also has the Ferguson factor to contend with, knowing his outspoken predecessor has an autobiography and five-date theatre tour looming at which all kinds of controversial topics will be up for discussion.

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However, Moyes is relaxed about the prospect.

'I don't see it being negative in any way at all,' said the Scot.

'Anything Sir Alex does is good for Manchester United.

'He was an incredible manager. His success was fantastic.

'To the Manchester United supporters, anything Sir Alex says is gospel.

'They love him and rightly so.'