After the initial shock of the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the media went into a frenzy attempting to predict who the next Manchester United manager would be. Who could possibly inherit a 26 year old legacy, created by sweat and determination, from the ground up by the greatest manager to ever grace the game?
Before the news actually broke out of Sir Alex’s decision to retire, a whole host of names were touted as possible replacements when he did call it quits. Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte seemed to be the leading contenders, and so was Pep Guardiola before his move to Bayern Munich was confirmed.
All these names are well respected in the footballing world. Jose has a fantastic record of winning trophies, Klopp has been credited for turning to youth and making them superstars, and with a brand of exciting football that has taken us all by storm, and Conte is seen by many as a tactical genius, with many comparing him to Sir Alex.
Now manager David Moyes was hardly in the reckoning when these names were being thrown around, as many thought that the transition from Everton to Manchester United would be too much for him to handle.
Yet, here we are, with the name David Moyes sketched into our seemingly reluctant assessments. Sir Alex, during his farewell speech, urged United fans to get behind the new manager.
It was after his recommendation, that his fellow Scot was appointed. It is highly unlikely that a man of Sir Alex’s genius would make such a decision without thinking it through. The decision has been made so it is our duty as Manchester United fans to get behind Moyes. But what will he really bring to the club?
Operating on a shoestring budget at Everton, he managed to work wonders, guiding them consistently to top 10 finishes over the past 11 seasons. When you consider that a host of Championship clubs are more financially sound than Everton, then you get to realise and appreciate the magic of his efforts.
Finishing above bitter Merseyside rivals Liverpool for consecutive seasons, was undoubtedly the highlight for many Everton fans, who have shown him nothing but love and appreciation after learning that he was to leave the club.
With all that in mind, how will Moyes adapt to life at Old Trafford, one of the biggest clubs in the world and resources that far exceed what he had to work with at Everton? His first task as United manager was be to resolve the issue surrounding a certain Wayne Rooney. Rooney is said to be unhappy with his status at the club, and is said to be unwilling to play second fiddle to Robin Van Persie. As a result, he has attracted interest from clubs such as PSG, Real Madrid, Chelsea and even Arsenal. Chelsea's interest is official, with both clubs having confirmed a bid was rejected. Moyes recently reiterated that Rooney is not for sale, and would be staying at the club.
Moyes will also be faced with the task of preparing a new contract for standout youth player Adnan Januzaj, who has been attracting interest from Barcelona. Januzaj is one for the future, and Moyes needs to ensure that he remains committed to the club. Moyes has a record of helping to develop young talent at Everton, and I am certain that the directors at United have trusted him to do the same. Players such as Tunnicliffe, Januzaj and Zaha can expect to be part of the first team next season.
We can all expect United to continue with the attacking brand of football which we all watch in awe. What we do not know, is which players that Moyes will bring in. There is talk of interest in bringing Fellaini with him to Old Trafford.
A strong, and versatile midfielder, whose best position, as quoted by Moyes, is that of a central defensive midfielder, Fellaini would certainly add some steel to United’s central midfield. The likes of Modric and Cesc Fabregas have also been touted as possible targets, with the club having already made two bids for the latter.
We cannot predict how Moyes’ first season will pan out, but we can certainly hope that he hits the ground running. He will certainly not be afforded the luxury of a honeymoon period. Teams like Chelsea and Manchester City will come out all guns blazing next season, and United need a manager who will fight fire with fire.
Moyes seemed to have found out the secret in defeating Manchester City, so I think that’s one thing that we can be excited about. Manchester United fans need to get behind him, and support him as Sir Alex asked of them. A treble in his first season? That would be amazing now wouldn’t it? All that is need is the right players to come in, in the right positions, and then everything will become possible.
The David Moyes revolution is soon to start at Old Trafford. I am excited. Are you?
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