Moyes enjoys renaissance after wilderness years

LONDON (AFP) – West Ham boss David Moyes returns to Manchester United today with his reputation restored after a long period in the wilderness following his Old Trafford nightmare.

Moyes has West Ham flying high in the Premier League and a win at his old club would boost their unexpected bid to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.

“If we can go to Old Trafford and pick up three points that would be an incredible achievement for us,” Moyes said.

“We have been on a really good run since the start of this year. We are in good form, the players have taken on all the games and we want to keep that record going.”

When Moyes was hired by United in 2013, the Scot was widely regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the Premier League after his impressive 11-year reign at Goodison Park.

Moyes’ appointment at United had been endorsed by Alex Ferguson, who recommended his compatriot before retiring.

Inheriting a title-winning team, Moyes signed a six-year contract and was expected to refresh an ageing squad while maintaining the success of the Ferguson era.

But he never looked comfortable in the harsh glare of the Old Trafford spotlight, with each decision picked apart in an unforgiving way he never had to endure at Everton.

After less than a season in charge he was sacked in April 2014 with United languishing in seventh place and destined to miss out on a Champions League place for the first time since 1995.