DAVID MOYES recognizes that Ralf Rangnick has one of the greatest reputations in the coaching world.
So did Moyes when he was the successor chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
So did Louis van Gaal when he became manager of Manchester United in 2014. And so did Jose Mourinho in 2016.
Unlike Van Gaal or Mourinho, Moyes’ reputation has once again skyrocketed, to the point where his West Ham side visiting Old Trafford are looking down on United in the Premier League table, knocking them out of the Carabao Cup.
Rangnick took over as interim boss last month with a long-standing reputation as a tactician.
But he has never before managed a club of United’s stature – and early performances were lukewarm, with Rangnick’s preferred 4-2-2-2 formation dropped. .
And despite having great respect for Rangnick, Moyes told the German that nothing compares to the intense worldwide scrutiny of United’s management.
Moyes said: “Ralf Rangnick’s reputation, what he did in football, the team he built, his ideas, his philosophy for a long time has been great. He’s the guy in the coaching world that you’ve always admired.
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“However, being the manager of Manchester United is completely different from anything else.
“Level of scrutiny. And whatever your ideas may be, they may not work at that club. The players available to you… you may not be able to play the way you want.
“That is something that can take some time. That’s why, given the time, you think you can get the job done better.
“When you get the big jobs, you get judged right away. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t do a better job there.
“But Manchester United have had some of the best coaches in the world in recent years and it is a tough job.
“If you lose your job at Manchester United, it will make the world take notice. I took over from Sir Alex, it was a really difficult task.
“I was happy to receive it but wish I could have done a little better.
“However, at that point, I was probably as ready for the job as anyone.”
Rangnick felt the intense attention when Cristiano Ronaldo has a tantrum after he was substituted in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Brentford.
But when asked if West Ham would soon sign people with bigger egos or if he would adopt a Black-style ‘No Head No End’ policy, Moyes replied: “I don’t. think any manager wants top guys.
“And I don’t know if you can correlate heads with big egos – there’s a difference. You can have a big ego and not be the head of advertising.
When Ed Woodward leaves his post as head of United This month, it was said that his biggest regret was not giving Moyes time at Old Trafford.
The Scotsman was sacked after less than ten months – despite his stellar 11 years at Everton.
But Moyes, 58, says having lived in United’s ‘penthouse’ he is determined to elevate West Ham to a similar level.
He said: “When you come to United, it’s like looking up from the penthouse windows onto the rooftops, because you’re higher up.
“And you see it all, because they are at the top of world football.
“There will be a lot of people who think that United is not there at the moment, but a football club, because of what they have, they are.
“I’ve had the chance to see what it’s like and with West Ham I’d like the chance to get back to that level.
“I’ve got an idea of where I want to be at West Ham and I’m trying to do it pretty quickly because I don’t know if I’ll get 11 years like I did at Everton.
“When you’ve seen the top, you’ll see what you can do better.”
Moyes insists he has “no aversion” to his former owners – but he admits it gives him “satisfaction” of being ahead of today’s rivals.
He said: “Of course it is. Not many managers come to Old Trafford with a team above them in the Premier League.
“I’m happy we are ahead of them but the really important thing is ahead of them at the end of the season.
“We have to go there with confidence. Our idea is to challenge those top four clubs.
“We don’t necessarily find ourselves there completely. We were just two points away from the top four last year and the challenge for the players was ‘Can we get two more points that will get us through?’. “
West Ham suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side earlier this season – after Moyes was brought on Mark Noble takes a final penalty was saved by David De Gea.
And Moyes admits: “I didn’t enjoy my own company for a few days after that because I thought I made a bad decision and I beat myself up about it.
“Our decision was wrong because it didn’t quite work – but I still think my reasons for doing it are right.”
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