Former United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that David Moyes repeatedly “ignored advices” of the coaching staff and made a series of fundamental mistakes that ultimately led to his demise and to him losing his job barely 10 months into his Old Trafford career.
Along with Mike Phelan, Meulensteen was one of the members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching staff that in July were deemed surplus to requirements by Moyes, who opted to bring in his Everton lieutenants Jimmy Lumsden, Steve Round, Chris Woods and Phil Neville and the Dutchman claimed that Moyes only has himself to blame for his failure.
Gary Neville has insisted United don’t need to replace David Moyes with a “big name” manager, as the club’s aura should in itself be enough to attract world class players at Old Trafford.
Ryan Giggs has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the season and will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager on Saturday when Norwich visit Old Trafford, but the club is looking to appoint a world class manager ahead of next season, with Louis Van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti seemingly among the favourites to replace Moyes.
Despite the managerial turmoil that has defined the last couple of days, United are still reportedly set for a spending spree this summer, after the club seems to have finally realised that plugging round holes with square pegs can only go so far when it comes to ensure the team remains competitive enough to challenge for trophies.
David Moyes’ successor hasn’t been chosen as yet, but United intend to, as one paper puts it today, “plough ahead with their transfer business”, in the hope to avoid the farcical mess that characterised United’s transfer window last summer, when the shaky foundations for a crumbling season were laid.
David Moyes has spoken out for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United. In what his a very dignified response to being relieved of his duties, Moyes, who insisted United had “big plans” for the future, thanked the fans and the staff at the club but, crucially, declined to acknowledge any of the players.
Here’s his statement in full.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have a say in deciding which manager should replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, after the former Everton manager was specifically appointed on his advice, only to fail miserably and being sacked just 10 months into his United career.
Since Moyes was relieved of his duties yesterday, two managers have already ruled themselves out of the running, with Pep Guardiola stating that he’s determined to remain at Bayern Munich for at least another two seasons, while Jurgen Klopp, who would have been the perfect choice for United, has made clear he has no intentions of leaving Dortmund.
Gary Neville has attacked the club over their handling of David Moyes’ sacking, as he claimed that the way the United’s hierarchy managed the situation portrayed the club in the wrong way.
Moyes was handed his P45 this morning, as United finally run out of patience with the man to whom they had given a six-year contract 10 months ago and who has overseen one of the worst season United have endure in the last three decades. Neville, however, insisted that while Moyes didn’t help himself, the players and the club should take a long, hard look at themselves.
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.
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.