Where now for Moyes? Would you want him?

Posted by Alex Shaw

David MoyesPA PhotosDavid Moyes' reputation is low following his failure at Manchester United.

The colour drained from David Moyes' face when Sir Alex Ferguson told him he had chosen him as the new Manchester United manager. The Chosen One.

It seemed a strange decision to hand the keys to Old Trafford to a man with gaping holes in his CV; a playoff final success with Preston aside. Many saw Moyes as under-qualified to take on the most daunting task in football, but which club would take him now he is out of the job?

The likes of Tottenham, Norwich, West Ham and possibly even Arsenal could be on the look-out for a new manager this summer. Continue Reading...

Manchester United: A shambles wrapped in a maelstrom

Posted by Mark Payne

John Peters/Man Utd/Getty ImagesIt was fitting that a tenure characterised by internal leaks came to an end via another.

Even the sacking is bundled it seems. On Monday the message became clear: David Moyes was to be relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager after a season from hell. On Tuesday, Ryan Giggs officially took over, with a permanent replacement to be found in the summer. But everybody knew this a day earlier.

As the sun rose on Tuesday morning, no announcement from the club had been made. "Repulsive" was the word United legend, and Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville used to describe the situation. Continue Reading...

David Moyes: The infrequent highs and copious lows

Posted by Musa Okwonga

Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesDavid Moyes with an all-too-familiar look of frustration in his team's 2-0 loss to Everton.

With news breaking of David Moyes' dismissal, it's as good a moment as any to reflect on the highs and lows of the Manchester United manager's time at Old Trafford. Given the brevity of his tenure, it seems that the highs are few and far between, so it's probably best to deal with those first. After all, his career at the club began with an air of optimism, so this article should begin in that vein, despite how the story ends.

The highs:

Promotion of Adnan Januzaj

During his time at Everton, Moyes earned a reputation for allowing young talent to flourish. Continue Reading...

Why Manchester United sack managers

Posted by Andy Mitten

Ron Atkinson celebrates winning the 1985 FA Cup as Manchester United manager.PA PhotosAtkinson, left, celebrates winning the 1985 FA Cup with Man United.

Manchester United have made their decision. That decision is not to entrust David Moyes with more money to spend as part of their rebuilding plans in the forthcoming close season.

After an appalling season by their own high standards, a nine-month spell that has seen the champions slip to seventh in the Premier League table, United's board had enough and decided to cut their losses.

Joel Glazer, Ed Woodward, David Gill, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton have pondered Moyes’ future seriously since February, when the team started the month by losing at Stoke and finished it with another defeat to Olympiakos in Piraeus. Continue Reading...

Five reasons why David Moyes had to go

Posted by Alex Shaw

MoyesPA PhotosMoyes has presided over Manchester United's worst ever run in the Premier League era.


There were many factors that contributed to the downfall of David Moyes; here are five of the main reasons Manchester United were left with no choice but to axe the Scot.

1. The incessant negativity

Quite simply, David Moyes did not speak like a Manchester United manager. Where Sir Alex Ferguson once dubbed Newcastle United a "wee club in the northeast," Moyes seemed fearful of a side that had not won at Old Trafford in 41 years. Ahead of Alan Pardew's visit in December (to the home of the champions, no less) Moyes said he would try and "make it difficult" for Newcastle. Continue Reading...

Welbeck sounds alarm as United feeble again

Posted by Mark Payne

Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesWanye Rooney and Manchester are officially out of next season's Champions League after a 2-0 loss to Everton.

Everton have always been a respectable side with plenty of grit and organisation. In this 2-0 victory over Manchester United they were made to look like Real Madrid. This match was over by half time and United were feeble in the extreme. There was no rousing comeback from United, there was almost nothing at all.

United keep talking about "time" and "rebuilding." If the fall from grace continues at the current pace, then soon they will be digging through the foundations. Considering this club were league champions just 12 short months ago, a full-scale reconstruction was not necessary. Continue Reading...

Glazers set marker as Moyes meets his makers

Posted by Mark Payne

AllsportDavid Moyes was praised for what he did at Everton, but Roberto Martinez has surpassed him in his first year as his successor.


Two teams will take the field this Sunday at Goodison Park but only one has even a passing interest in what remains of the season. And it isn't Manchester United.

The spotlight will naturally fall on the demeanour of the two managers. One is much loved at his new club, another has overseen a miserable campaign. It is not what people expected.

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• Moyes plays down Everton return

Despite posting eleven immaculate years at Everton, David Moyes has left a mixed legacy behind. Continue Reading...

Bernard, Koke and shades of Fergie

Posted by Musa Okwonga

Koke gave Atletico an early lead against Barcelona.GettyImagesKoke has starred for Atletico as they have found success this season.

Manchester United's quest for replacements and reinforcements to their squad is in full swing. All the talk is of strengthening their midfield -- of which more later -- but they are apparently also paying careful attention to their need for at least one winger or wide forward. Of course, this is a club with a tradition of brilliant wingers, but their recent recruitments in this area -- step forward Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia -- have been either consistently subpar or frustratingly inconsistent for several seasons now. Continue Reading...

Will Man Utd learn from their transfer shambles last summer?

Posted by Mark Payne

GundoganGettyImagesIlkay Gundogan was a United target but has since signed a new deal with Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester United have not learnt from the mistakes they have made over the past nine months -- despite unanimous agreement that last summer’s transfer window was an abject failure, the club are shaping up to repeat the blunders that landed them in their current predicament.

The relative secrecy of the previous regime has been replaced by United conducting their transfer business in a very public manner. It could be suggested that the club’s hierarchy are leaking these stories directly to certain journalists, which would be a grand shame. Continue Reading...

United's season is effectively over. Time to talk transfers.

Posted by Musa Okwonga

Toni KroosPA PhotosBayern Munich's Toni Kroos is a summer transfer target for Manchester United.

It is not quite mid-April and Manchester United's season is all but over. This is an unfamiliar situation at Old Trafford and the only consolation must be that it allows for early planning to start for next season. At the beginning of any new era, the right transfer business is vital. Following the end of their sustained winning streak in 1990, Liverpool were let down by a combination of poor management and bad acquisitions, in the latter case buying players who lacked the requisite character to thrive at the club. Continue Reading...

End of the road for Giggs?

Posted by Andy Mitten

Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty ImagesIs Ryan Giggs about to depart the Old Trafford pitch for the final time?

More than 23 years since he made his first-team debut, Manchester United’s greatest ever player is likely to be entering his final month at Old Trafford. After featuring in 962 competitive first-team games (with friendlies it’s well over 1,000), Ryan Giggs, 40, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Sir Bobby Charlton’s 758-game appearance record for Manchester United was long considered insurmountable but Giggs passed that mark more than five years ago in Moscow, when he won his second European Cup with United. Continue Reading...

Lost weekend provides stark reminder

Posted by Mark Payne

Contrary to the prevailing mood, Manchester United's season is not over. Not quite yet anyway. Despite the fact that United have now been dumped out of the Champions League and do not have a fixture this weekend, the season still has business unfinished. This weekend will unfortunately provide a stark reminder of what they are missing out on though.

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Which would you prefer? Continue Reading...