Saha, Owen and more: Twitter reacts as Man United sack David Moyes

Louis Saha and Michael Owen both tweet their thoughts after David Moyes is sacked by Manchester United

David Moyes
David Moyes was sacked on Tuesday Photo: Chevrolet

Manchester United confirmed the worst-kept secret in football on Tuesday by sacking David Moyes after just 10 months in charge at the club.

The Scot was widely tipped to get the chop on Monday evening after Sunday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at Everton ended the Red Devils’ faint hopes of Champions League qualification.

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs has been placed in temporary charge of the club until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Tuesday morning’s big news inevitably prompted plenty of activity on Twitter – and here are some of our favourite updates.

Former Derby captain Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) is one of the first to react to the news: “I honestly feel sorry for David moyes”

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) feels that the club have not handled the situation well: “If you are going to sack someone at least have the decency to tell them first rather than leak it.Poor from whoever it was at United.#Moyes”

Former United striker Louis Saha (@louissaha08) reckons that the manner of Sunday’s defeat was the final straw: “#ManUtd #Moyes The perf more than the defeat against Everton was maybe too much to save him. He Will bounce back as United.”

Ex-QPR man Jay Bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) pinpoints Moyes’ first error: “Moyes first mistake was changing all the man utd staff then it went bad to worse”

Former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) gives his in-depth take on proceedings: “Although moyes was probably already on borrowed time Sunday was surely the tipping point. Of all the places he would of wanted a result and have the players behind him Sunday was that game. The players looked did interested and they have to also take responsibility but the manner of the performance and the fact that he always tried to not lose games rather than win them is not the united way.”

Ex-Aston Villa man Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) keeps it short and sweet: “#Moyes Unlucky son…..”

Michael Duberry (@Original_Dubes) chimes in: “I think that everyone apart from @ManUtd fans are gutted that David Moyes was sacked. #Football”

Former Liverpool man David Thompson (@77thomo) wonders who will be next in the Old Trafford hot-seat: “The players never responded to David Moyes’ tactics and he struggled to motivate them it was inevitable what has happened! … Big personality now required for man utd? Klopp”

Former Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie (@KeithGillespie7) adds his thoughts: “I was never a supporter of Moyes but I do feel sorry that the job caught him out to the extent it did. I wish him success for the future. I think the Glazers couldn’t risk a 200 mill+ summer spend with Moyes in case he got it wrong. Any new manager would want the same”

Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) feels that the players must shoulder the blame: “Moyes taking a kicking but it’s shared responsibility, win together, lose together. Not many players can hold their heads up this season.”

England legend Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) knows it’s a big summer for the Old Trafford side: “Huge news at Old Trafford but with the summer looming and a huge transfer kitty available, United had to be 100% Moyes was the right man.”

Ex-West Ham man Dean Ashton (@Dean36ashton10) has little sympathy for the Scot: “#moyes Don’t feel too sorry for him, Will get another good job, Probably taking a morning swim!!! #6yeardeal”

Michael Gray (@mickygray33) has his say: “Ryan Giggs Manager, bring back Rene as number 2, Sir Alex ferguson to sign the players… MUFC next season”

And finally, ex-Liverpool man Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) ponders some possible destinations for the sacked manager: “Moyes. Expect West Ham, Newcastle, Villa (depending on ownership) all to have a sniff around. Spurs dependent on LVG”

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