Ten reasons why sacked David Moyes failed at Man United
Here is a look at 10 reasons why David Moyes was sacked by Manchester United after 10 months
1. Transfers failings last summer
David Moyes made an inconspicuous start to his Manchester United reign last summer after failing to land a number of high-profile targets. Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara joined Bayern Munich ahead of the Red Devils, whilst Cesc Fabregas remained at Camp Nou. There was the case of the men in black in their failed pursuit of Ander Herrera. It all resulted in a deadline day swoop for Marouane Fellaini, and the £27.5m has failed to justify his price tag.
2. Getting rid of Ferguson’s backroom staff
Eyebrows were raised when Moyes opted to replace Sir Alex Ferguson’s backroom staff of Rene Meulensteen, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele. In doing so, the Scot reportedly defied Ferguson’s wishes and it resulted in a less smooth transitional period. With the benefit of hindsight, this may be one of Moyes’s biggest regrets.
3. Old Trafford form
Much of Ferguson’s success was built on United’s performances and intimidating reputation at Old Trafford. The Red Devils won two of their opening four games, including a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion. Further defeats by Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City amount to their worst home form in the Premier League era.
4. Van Persie’s injury-hit season
Ferguson snapped up Van Persie in a £24m deal from Arsenal in August 2011, and eight months later, United were Premier League champions. The 30-year-old scored 26 goals in that title-winning campaign. Under Moyes, the Netherlands international has made just 18 Premier League appearances this season, scoring 11 goals. No wonder United have struggled.
Not only did United lose Ferguson last summer, but long-term chief executive David Gill quit Old Trafford, too. It meant big changes for United at coaching and board level as Ed Woodward replaced Gill. Judging from their uninspiring summer of business in 2013, it was a case of too much change. Had Gill remained at his post and helped Moyes secure a couple of big names, the Scot could still be in charge.
6. Moyes’s poor media presence
Moyes was occasionally bristly during his time in charge of Everton. But the 50-year-old struggled to cope with the media spotlight as United manager. Whether it be defending lacklustre performances or playing down United’s chances in the Premier League and Champions League, Moyes lacked the arrogance and canniness required by a manager in charge of a top Premier League club – just look at Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
7. Record against the top six
How it must frustrate Arsene Wenger that Arsenal only managed to take a point of United this season. Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City completed the double, with the latter pair 3-0 winners at Old Trafford. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur collected four points against the defending champions. It was an astoundingly poor record, considering Ferguson’s hold over their biggest rivals.
8. Lack of philosophy and team selections
Moyes has lacked a clear philosophy at United, and his team selections have been bizarre at times. As recently as Sunday, the United manager was criticised for the side which he put out against Everton. The former Toffees manager failed to react during games too, allowing Liverpool’s midfield to run riot at Old Trafford for far too long without a response.
9. Replacing a United great
Whoever replaced Ferguson was always going to face a tough, tough assignment. Fresh from a 13th Premier League title under one of the greatest-ever managers, Moyes was expected to guide United to a top-four finish at the very least in a season of transition. Dwarfed by Ferguson’s achievements and perhaps presence in the stands, Moyes failed to cope with the pressure.
10. David is no Jose or Jurgen
Moyes’s appointment was met with a mixed reaction from United supporters last summer. Why? Well, the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mourinho were all linked with the post before unglamorous Moyes was appointed. It failed to satisfy the majority of fans, and while they got behind the Scot, it always felt like he was on borrowed time. With Ryan Giggs take over as interim manager, the Welshman could suffer the same problem if he were to be appointed on a permanent basis.