David Moyes last night insisted that he can be Manchester United manager for a long-time yet, following his side’s dramatic turnaround against Olympiacos which saw them qualify for the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League.
United beat their Greek opposition 3-0 on the night courtesy of a Robin van Persie hat-trick, a result which was enough to see them triumph over the two legs. And in the wake of the victory an elated Moyes rubbished claims that he is set to be replaced in the coming summer, instead stating that he believes he could remain at Old Trafford for a good time yet.
“I know the club I’ve got here and the club know what they've got here,” he said.
"I see myself here for a long time but I've got a big job and there are a lot of things I've got to do and I'm not going to be able to do it all immediately. The one thing they did show was a great, big heart.
"I'm not feeling any pressure from inside the club. It's all coming from you people. Everybody is fine, we know the job I have to do. It's a big job, probably bigger than we all expected when I first came in.”
United’s recent run of form has seen them slip to 7th in the Premier League, and the chances of them making the Champions League via a top four league finish are looking incredibly slim.
Such has been the nature of the dismal season at Old Trafford that many have begun to speculate over potential replacements for Moyes, who could find himself out of a job after only one season. However, if the Scot can somehow mastermind a route to the trophy of Europe’s elite competition this year, his shortcomings domestically may be forgiven.