Soccer-New era, new season but same man pulling United strings (Reuters)

By Josh Reich LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – In a private, revealing moment, David Moyes checked to make sure he did not look silly sitting in his predecessor’s Old Trafford chair. He knows the great man is laid up at home after hip surgery but even so, the new Manchester United manager starts the season acutely aware of Alex Ferguson’s presence. Moyes has made it clear he sees this as a new era – his era – even though when he launches the club’s Premier League title defence at Swansea on Saturday, it will be with Ferguson’s players, reputation and mindset. …

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