At long last a beacon of sensibility managed to shine through the curtain of ineptitude and amateurism that had blanketed over United for the last nine months.
David Moyes has gone and with him, hopefully, so have the dire, turgid football United have served up for the last nine months, the defeatism which seemed to permeate the club from top to bottom and the catastrophically bad press conferences which made Moyes look like a rabbit caught in the headlight.
So we have, at last, all been put out of our misery.
By ‘all’, I mean the fans, players and certainly David Moyes. The air of inevitability surrounding the defeat to Everton at the weekend was a step too far for the hierarchy at the club who have, at long last, pulled the plug on what has been an outright disaster for the Scotsman.
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, United managed to lower their standards even further and yesterday’s shambolic display away at Everton summed up our season: flat, gutless, shocking.
It’s hard to draw any lesson at all from such an atrociously poor performance, but here’s five things we’ve learnt.
David Moyes might have endured a dismal inaugural campaign at Old Trafford, but by now the United manager must have earned at least two life-times worth of air miles, given the regularity with which he flies across the continent to scout potential transfer targets.
Moyes was at it again yesterday, as he flew to Lisbon for the semifinal of the Portuguese Cup between Benfica and Porto, where he apparently scouted three of the many “top targets” he has on his book ahead of the summer.
Southampton’s left-back Luke Shaw could be David Moyes’ first signing of the summer, with reports suggesting that United are confident to clinch a deal, thought to be worth around £30m, for the 18-year-old England international.
Shaw has been hugely impressive for Southampton this season, winning his first England cap and forcing himself into contention for a place in the World Cup squad, all while emerging as one of the brightest talents in English football and attracting interest from a host of big clubs.
Manchester United are set to offer £260,000-a-week to Toni Kroos, in an attempt to lure the German international away from the Allianz Arena this summer, after David Moyes has realised that his already uncertain future could be under even more intense scrutiny if he fails to secure world class signings.
Kroos has been on United’s radar for a while, and even though it was largely thought he had used Moyes’ interest simply to earn himself a better contract at Bayern Munich, according to reports in the German press over the last few days, the 24-year-old is now considering his options, before deciding whether to extend his current deal with the European champions, which expires in 2015.
Reports today suggest that Manchester United have agreed a deal worth £35m for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, which will bring the defensive midfielder to Old Trafford after the World Cup, as David Moyes looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park.
United have scouted Carvalho intensely this season and the 22-year-old was also on the radar of a host of other top European clubs – including Liverpool, Monaco, Inter Milan and Real Madrid – but talkSPORT suggests that Ed Woodward has managed to get his man this time around – as indeed had the Mirror a few weeks ago – after failing spectacularly with bids for Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas last season.
Manchester United could target Jurgen Klopp as replacement for David Moyes if they decide the Scotsman is not the right man to guide the club forward after a disastrous inaugural campaign at Old Trafford, which has seen the Reds fall 20 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Last week it had emerged that United had met Holland manager Louis Van Gaal and even though the rumours were then swiftly denied by the club, the news was enough to place Moyes’ future under a cloud, particularly as an increasing number of fans seem to have turned on him.