David Moyes, who was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday, accused his team of playing like a ‘bunch of girls’ earlier this season.
The Scot blasted his players on several occasions throughout the campaign, according to The Sun, with his first furious tirade coming in the Manchester derby against City back in September.
Moyes’ side entered the half-time break 2-0 down to their local rivals, prompting the former Everton boss to storm into the visitors’ dressing room at the Etihad Stadium and shout: “This is not even men against boys — this is men against girls.”
Manchester United went on to lose the match 4-1.
Several months later, when support for Moyes amongst the United players had all but disappeared, the beleaguered Red Devils’ coach accused his team of trying to get him sacked.
The reigning Premier League champions slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Olymapikos in the Champions League last 16 first leg, which led Moyes to tell his star-studded squad: “I know what you lot are trying to do.”
Moyes failed to thank the Manchester United players or the club’s board in a statement yesterday - although he reserved special mentions for the club, coaching staff, Sir Alex Ferguson and the club’s supporters.
Moyes has already been linked with the Newcastle United job - although it’s expected that the 50-year-old will take some time out of the game before returning to management.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have started the hunt for Moyes’ successor - with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal currently in pole position to get the job.