Football: Manchester United boss Moyes lucky to work for 'good people'

Manchester United's manager David Moyes takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League football match against Aston Villa at Villa Park Stadium, Birmingham, England, Sunday Dec 15, 2013. Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal as Tottenham
Manchester United's manager David Moyes takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League football match against Aston Villa at Villa Park Stadium, Birmingham, England, Sunday Dec 15, 2013. Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal as Tottenham Hotspur manager has prompted Moyes to express relief that he has worked for three clubs that have prioritised patience over quick-fix solutions. -- PHOTO: AP

LONDON (AFP) - Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal as Tottenham Hotspur manager has prompted Manchester United manager David Moyes to express relief that he has worked for three clubs that have prioritised patience over quick-fix solutions.

Villas-Boas was the fifth Premier League manager to be sacked this season, but Moyes's position at United appears secure despite a difficult start to his career at Old Trafford.

The 50-year-old Scot was also given time to find his feet at previous clubs Preston North End and Everton, where he spent four and 11 years respectively, and he says he will always be thankful for that.

"It makes me realise how lucky I have been at the clubs I have been at," said Moyes, ahead of his side's trip to Stoke City in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.

"I worked for great people at Preston, great people at Everton, and my short experience at Manchester United tells me I am working for really good people here.

"Maybe some of the other managers haven't been as fortunate as I have."