Even David Moyes gets taken aback sometimes when reminded of the legacy he has to live up to as Manchester United’s new manager.
Moyes was one of the chief guests at a high-profile lunch in Sydney today, arranged with the business community as part of United’s stay in the city.
Prior to answering admittedly less taxing questions about his job, Moyes watched a montage of United’s performances last season, which ended with them winning the Premier League title with four games to spare and by an eventual margin of 11 points.
It is the standard by which Moyes is going to be judged as he tries to hold off the threat of Chelsea and Manchester City.
“It was the first time I had seen those clips myself and I thought ’wow’,” said Moyes.
“I was very fortunate to get a great grounding at Everton.
“But I have now come to the biggest club in the world.
“Sir Alex (Ferguson) has left me a winning team. I am taking over the champions of England.
“The job now is to try and do what you saw in all those clips. The history of this football club is incredible.
“I have a great chance to build on that and try and get a little bit more over the coming seasons.”
It is United’s first visit to Australia since 1999 and the measure of their standing in this part of the world is seen in the number of fans who have been waiting for autographs outside the team hotel.
“I have been overwhelmed already,” said Moyes.
“We dropped into Thailand on the way to Sydney and everywhere you go with Manchester United, everyone wants to meet the players.
“It is a fantastic football club.”