Football: New manager David Moyes driven by fear of failure at Manchester United

TOKYO (REUTERS) - New Manchester United manager David Moyes is motivated by fear as he seeks to make his mark on the Premier League champions.

It is not so much a fear of failure for a man who in more than a decade at Everton did not win a trophy, rather the stature of the 20-time English champions and the huge success of his long-serving predecessor Alex Ferguson.

"There has to be an element of fear that comes with managing a club like Manchester United. It keeps you working, it keeps you focused and helps you try not to take your eye off the ball," British newspapers quoted the Scot as saying.

"You would have doubt if anybody took over this job, but in my own way, I've got to say I feel it's the right job for me at the right time and hopefully I'll make it work."

The 50-year-old, who was handpicked for the job by Ferguson, has often said he will call on his predecessor for advice but also emphasises that this is a new period for the club.

"It has to be a new era," he said. "Whatever we say, my job now is to make my history. I have to make sure now that my history and my time is something which the fans and people in the future talk about."