With the defending champions Manchester United languishing in seventh, with their lowest points total in the Premier League era, David Moyes was relieved of his duties after just 10 months in charge, but should Sir Alex Ferguson's hand picked replacement been given more time? The answer to this, is absolutely.
David Moyes inherited a squad that was Premier League champions and had a great a great desire to win, but that was under Sir Alex Ferguson. It has been claimed that the players viewed Sir Alex as a father figure, the same feeling obviously wasn't the same with Moyes.
Moyes' first real issue was his lack of transfer activity in the summer. For a new manager, it is imperative to sign any new players early to embed into your squad, furthermore Moyes didn't take charge until July 1, when Manchester United had already started pre season training.
This could have worked against Moyes, as the team had already started its' training without the manager. If Moyes had taken charge earlier in pre season, he would of had the opportunity to communicate his ideas and playing style to his players before pre season, to give the players time to adapt to a new style. In the end Moyes ended up with one summer signing, Marouane Fellaini from his previous club Everton.
Things began well for Moyes, a community shield victory at Wembley signalled his first trophy in charge, albeit not a major one, with his team looking impressive going into the new Premier League season.
As the new season began, United fans were confident of their team challenging for another title, as they trusted Ferguson's decision to put forward Moyes' name for the job. This trust led to various banners being placed inside Old Trafford, " The Chosen One" being the most well known one. However results on the field tested the patience of disgruntled fans, who understood United were in transition, but were not expecting such a dismal campaign to follow.
During his time in charge, Moyes broke many records, many records he didn't want. Some of the unwanted accolades include a first home defeat to Newcastle since 1972, first home defeat to West Brom since 1978 and a first EVER home loss to Swansea, these don't make good reading for Moyes who later became a laughing stock on social media due to his dismal displays.
The emergence of Adnan Januzaj shielded criticism from Moyes for a brief period, as the young Belgian burst onto the scene with a couple of great performances, with Moyes taking the credit for the youngsters emergence into the first time, which faded away later on in the season, which opened the door for more criticism due to his under performing side.
The January transfer window offered a chance at redemption for Moyes, should he sign players of the right calibre, he had the opportunity of trying to salvage Manchester United's dismal season. Fans were elated with the news that Juan Mata had signed for the club for a club record £37m. Mata provided a creative spark to the team which they had been lacking all season.
For a brief spell, results turned around and fans were starting to restore their faith in David Moyes. However the proverbial nail in the coffin came when United were convincingly beaten 3-0 at home by bitter rivals Liverpool, a team who are currently challenging for the title, when one season ago, found themselves in United's current position, seventh.
The 2-0 defeat to his former employers signalled the end of Moyes' reign after a dismal 10 months in charge. Although Moyes has led the team to their worst points tally in the Premier League era, some of the blame has to fall to the squad, the same squad that won the title 12 months ago, so why a huge dip in form in a short period of time? The reason is Sir Alex Ferguson managed to get extra out of his players due to their admiration for him, whereas Moyes couldn't get this to happen.
Overall Moyes should of been given the summer to overhaul the squad and rebuild the club, however the decision has been made to sack him, and United need to carefully select their new manager, one who will be willing to oversee a major rebuild at Old Trafford.
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