Manchester United boss slept in car

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In 1998, the now Manchester United boss, David Moyes had just taken over at Preston North End and opted to go on a scouting mission to France for the World Cup. 

Back then, beginning his managerial career, Moyes had to find a number of ways to scout players from all over the world as he continued to develop his knowledge of football. 

And the Scot has even admitted that he had to sleep in a car for a couple of nights during his scouting trip. 

Speaking to the Press Association's Simon Stone, Moyes said: "By the World Cup in France [in 1998], I had only just been appointed manager at Preston. I had to ask the Professional Footballers' Association to fund me because I wanted to go to the World Cup to study.

"I wrote to all of the countries to ask if I could go and watch training.

"The only country who replied and said yes was Craig Brown with Scotland - and I was Scottish and had already been at all their courses.

"I had some tickets for some games, but not enough. But I hired a small car. I was given some funding by the PFA. I wasn't earning enough.

"In the end I drove round and had to sleep in the car a few nights. That is the kind of thing I did to try to find some more knowledge."

Life is certainly very different now for the Red Devils boss these days - Moyes has just returned from a pre-season tour where he visited Japan, Thailand, Australia and finally Hong Kong. 

And in just under two weeks time, on August 11, the 50-year-old will lead his side out at Wembley to take on Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield.

From sleeping in his car to taking the reigns at Old Trafford - it has been some journey for David Moyes.

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