Thursday, June 5, 2014

The curious case of David Moyes at Manchester United

When David Moyes was appointed the manager following SAF's retirement, there was a sense of euphoria and excitement surrounding the Chosen One. It was understandable considering the club was stepping into a new era and there was a new person occupying the manager seat after almost three decades. When the announcement came people perceived it was a reward for Moyes' consistent achievements over a long tenure in charge of Everton and Preston. The club had just won a record breaking 20th league title and SAF must have felt he was leaving the club with the best possible squad.

It was not until July 2013 that Moyes took charge of the club and his first task was to sort out the Wayne Rooney situation. As a United fan, I personally feel Wazza hasn't been doing himself any good by putting himself in awkward positions during these contract negotiations. There is a feeling among United fans that he is not a hero anymore though the reaction from Old Trafford faithful suggest otherwise.

By the end of August 2013, Moyes had done enough to keep Rooney at Old Trafford for the season at-least. So what about signings? Manchester United were badly in need of a world class midfielder for a few years now and that wasn't addressed. In the end Fellaini was bought from Everton for a staggering 27M pounds. It did not impress the fans one bit. The season rolled on and slide begun. Moyes had revitalized Wayne Rooney who seemed a different player altogether but RVP paled in comparison to the player he was the previous season.

No one could argue United had the best squad but SAF managed to extract the maximum out of the players when the stepped on to the pitch every single time. Cracks were opening and the worst part was they were widening big time. The tactical acumen of Moyes was questioned and his post match interviews did nothing to inspire confidence among the fans or the management. The performance hit a new low against Olympiakos, seen as one the worst performances ever by the Red Devils

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