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Manchester United: Moyes contributed to his season of misery

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As his side surrendered meekly at Goodison Park, David Moyes flapped his arms around in a similar manner to a blind man directing traffic. Two days later, he was dismissed.

His players were uninterested and horribly apathetic, aware of Moyes' eagerness for a victory to silence the relentless critics and jeers from those who had previously adored him. With such an abject display, shaming the famous red Manchester United jersey, Moyes' relinquishment of dressing-room backing was obvious.

Revelations that striker Danny Welbeck was keen on a move away from Old Trafford, due to the breakdown of his relationship with Moyes, were not mere speculation, with the player's advisers refusing to dismiss the claims. It was then no surprise that the England centre-forward was demoted to the bench on Sunday afternoon.

He inhibited an ageing squad from Sir Alex Ferguson, with the only difference in personnel from Ferguson's illustrious reign being the addition of Maraoune Fellaini, also from Everton. All the same, Moyes's reluctance to spend in last summer's transfer window is proving its inimical value.

He cited a rebuilding project in the summer to spark a contrast in fortunes, as he said: "I think everyone knows we are on track to make changes in the summer and do some different things. We are rebuilding."

Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho, the talented 22 year-old defensive midfielder, who United have reportedly agreed a £35m deal for, would be a substantial upgrade on Michael Carrick, who was anonymous once again and out-muscled by Gareth Barry on Sunday. The speculative signature of Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich would state United's ambitious intent.

Everton, powered by Moyes's 11-year reign and enhanced by the visionary Roberto Martinez, were ruthless and clinical, exploiting this terribly porous United back-line. Moyes's imprudent decision to play Phil Jones at centre-half and Chris Smalling at right-back is repeatedly detrimental. Their recent venture into Munich to face Bayern in the Champions League quarter-finals second-leg was bare evidence of the positions in which Jones and Smalling are at their most effective - Jones is a right-back, Smalling is a centre-half.

Yet, that was not Moyes's only error. His refusal to select Adnan Januzaj in recent weeks is unjustified. United are a team lacking vibrancy and determination, two attributes which Januzaj can provide. Brendan Rodgers's allowance for Raheem Sterling to express himself at Liverpool is paying dividends, the 19-year-old thriving under the Northern Irishman's guidance. 

For Moyes, the Manchester United job just proved all too much in the end. 

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