Man Utd boss believes Grant will succeed

United will face Pompey on Saturday in Grant’s first game in charge of Pompey, after replacing Paul Hart earier in the week.

“We know Avram well from Chelsea,” he said. “He’s very experienced and I’m sure he’ll get the right reaction from his players.

“It’s always a great football ground and we need to deal with that, so it should be a very hard game for us.

“He (Grant) has kept in touch with the game quite a lot and he’ll be pleased to get back in. He’s got a task on his hands but hopefully he can manage it.”

“Portsmouth have brought in a new manager and the club will be expecting a response,” he added.

“The change of ownership causes disruption. New policies come in and you can see an affect on the pitch, but Portsmouth have some very good players.

“I’ve looked at the videos and they are in a false position, really.”