Manchester United manager David Moyes has showered praise on Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis ahead of their clash tonight.
Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace as they look to get back to winning ways in the league. David Moyes’ men have won just two of their last 10 matches in all competitions and are yet to win an away fixture this year. Crystal Palace’s fortune on the other hand have seemingly turned around since the arrival of Tony Pulis. Palace have lifted themselves out of the relegation zone and have lost just three of their last eight matches in the league. Selhurst Park has turned into a fortress and the Eagles have lost just one league game in this ground since November.
David Moyes has praised Tony Pulis and the way he has turned around this Crystal Palace side and is hopeful about their survival chances in the league this season.
“I’d never be disrespectful to any manager because I think Ian Holloway did a brilliant job of bringing them up and getting them going the way they are. They have a great crowd behind them.
“However, I think Tony Pulis has showed all his experience. A lot of people were writing Tony off during his time at Stoke City but he hasn’t half gone in there and made a few people eat their words. Results are what matter and you have to think about where Crystal Palace were and where they are now. What matters to Tony is results and he’s very good at getting them.
“Tony always has his sides well organised and well drilled. The players are made well aware of how he wants them to play and what’s expected from them. He’s had great success throughout his career. He’s been a really successful manager in the Premier League. If he keeps Crystal Palace up, there won’t be anybody in this room or any other journalists who’d have thought they’d stay up. He’s doing a great job with them.” – The Manchester United manager told the press.
Manchester United didn’t have any midweek European clash or FA Cup fixture to contain with ahead of this fixture and this has come as a welcome break for Moyes and his players. Although the former Everton manager is still disappointed about United’s exodus from the FA Cup, he believes that the players must now concentrate on the remaining 12 league matches.
“It was great that we had some time together with the players – the first time I’ve really had the chance to have a few days with the lads.
“We trained and had some relaxation time as well, so it was good. You hope you get some benefit from it. I’m sure it will benefit the players, having the chance to relax. We’d have rather been in the FA Cup, let me tell you that, but we weren’t so the next thing we had to do was get them ready for the 12 remaining league games.
“We want to win [against Crystal Palace. We have another big game on Tuesday.” – Moyes added.