Irwin: Players' experience will help Moyes succeed

The former Manchester United left-back believes winning the title last season will help the new manager achieve in his first season

Arguably one of the best left-backs ever to grace the Theater of Dreams, former Republic of Ireland international Denis Irwin made over 300 appearances for Manchester United after joining the club in the summer of 1990. 

Irwin's illustrious career with the Red Devils ended after a memorable 12 years that were filled with numerous trophy-laden seasons, including seven Premier League titles and a Champions League winner’s medal in 1999.

Even though Irwin signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers after he left Old Trafford, the 47-year-old's name remains synonymous with the English Premier League champions.

With Sir Alex Ferguson's decade-long tenure coming to an end at the end of last season and former Everton gaffer David Moyes taking over the hot seat, Irwin believes the club will still be able to continue winning titles in the upcoming campaign.

“Of course he [Moyes] can succeed," he asserted as he spoke during a football coaching clinic at Marina Bay Sands over the weekend.

"He has the players there who won the league last year, so they have plenty of experience, like Rio [Ferdinand], and a good blend of youth as well.

“No doubt he’ll put his own stamp on his ideas, his philosophy and the way he wants to play football and will probably make a couple of his own signings. 

“It’ll be interesting next year; it’ll be a tough year because of the new managers at Chelsea and Manchester City. But I don’t see a reason why they can’t succeed.”

Manchester United will open their title defence with a trip away to the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City on August 17 before hosting Chelsea seven days later.