Moyes welcomes the psychological side of football.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has sent a warning out to his opposite number at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, stating the Scot is relishing the mind games between the pair.
Moyes will face Mourinho’s Blues side at Old Trafford in only the second Premier League game of the season on August 26, but the 50-year-old thinks his Scottish upbringing stands him in good stead against the ‘Special One.’
“If you’re from Glasgow, you quite enjoy those kind of things [mind games] — so bring it on,” the United boss was quoted in the Sun.
Although the former Everton man said this jokingly, there is always likely to be a battle played out in the media when the Portuguese manager is involved – something Moyes will be fairly unused to from the Glaswegian’s time at Goodison Park.
Although most clubs play down the influence of mind games on results, it does seem to be true that the most successful managers of the modern game generally know how to manipulate the media.
It could be the case that with Moyes’ comments the Scot has started already.
It’s going to be one of the most interesting Premier League seasons seen for a number of years, primarily due to the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has left his post of 27 years at Old Trafford.
Yet away from the champions, Mourinho has obviously returned to Stamford Bridge following six years away with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, whilst 2012 winners Manchester City have replaced Roberto Mancini with Manuel Pellegrini.