Alec Swann - Wind your neck in David Moyes

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

I’m an admirer of David Moyes.

I appreciate the way he goes about his business in an honest and understated style and for the way he repeatedly got his Everton side to punch above their weight given their relatively modest budget.

That the biggest and most successful club in the country decided he was the man to succeed Alex Ferguson suggests others think the same way and while Manchester United aren’t my team of choice, I hope he will do well in his elevated position.

On a much higher pedestal than he occupied at Goodison Park, he is going to present a far bigger target for any potantial detractors and his every action will be scrutinised far more readily.

While I’m sure he’ll be aware of this, coming out with nonsensical statements will hardly help his cause.

His admission that the Premier League’s fixtures computer has some sort of agenda for giving United a tricky opening few fixtures deserves to be mocked as it’s absolute rubbish.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are on United’s fixture list in ther opening five games, an allocation that Moyes believes represents their hardest start in 20 years.

Well when my heart stopped bleeding and the idiocy of his words sunk in I noticed that Moyes had developed some sort of ‘they’re all against us’ mentality that hadn’t existed before.

For whatever reason, United get their share of stick, some deserved but the majority of it pretty daft, but the league’s hierarchy isn’t against them.

If it was I’m sure Arsenal and Tottenham could have been put in to replace Crystal Palace and Swansea and increase the paranoia and even if that was the case Moyes would have no leg to stand on.

You’ve got to play every side twice - as every team has done for as long as I can remember - and the order is unsignificant.

So wipe the chip of the shoulder David - no-one is out to get you.