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Johan Cruyff criticises Manchester United for David Moyes decision

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Johan Cruyff has criticised Manchester United for their speculative decision to employ David Moyes as the club's new manager last summer.

Former Everton boss Moyes - who developed a reputation as one of English football's most astute bosses after managing to keep the Toffees competitive at the right end of the table for so many years despite never being handed a particularly extravagant transfer budget - was appointed to the high-profile role following the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's iconic 27-year reign at Old Trafford in May 2013.

However, despite having been essentially hand-picked for the job by Ferguson himself, 'The Chosen One' did not oversee much success at the club and his woeful reign in charge was ended after just 10 measly months during which time the previously mighty Manchester United - who miserably failed to defend their twentieth top-flight title - were reduced to a laughing stock in certain quarters.

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Cruyff criticism

While most Red Devils fans now acknowledge that appointing Moyes was an error in judgement on behalf of Ferguson and the club's senior hierarchy, Dutch legend Cruyff went as far as to describe the choice as stupid and was keen to point out the obvious difference in mentality between the two parties.

"Manchester paid for their stupidness and now they have got to recover," he said in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Daily Star.

"Moyes is a very good coach because I've seen many many years in Everton, but he's not a coach which should fit with Manchester United because the focus for both teams are totally different.

"That's why the biggest mistake is to ask Moyes to come to Manchester United because it's a totally different team, a totally different mentality."

Moyes can succeed

Despite damning Manchester United's decision to employ Moyes as a successor to the legendary 'Fergie', Cruyff - the three-time Ballon d'Or winner who secured iconic status as a player and also enjoyed a successful managerial career with both Ajax and Barcelona - evidently believes that the Scot has the ability and indeed the credentials to go on and succeed elsewhere.

"The basic mistake was to sign him on," he added. "I think he is a great manager but not for Manchester United. He's just a great manager for another type of team."

Just which sort of teams the former Dutch international is referring to is not made clear, although it has been suggested that Moyes could be in line to take over at Newcastle next in the inevitable event that Alan Pardew is removed from his job at St James' Park following a truly dreadful run of form in 2014.

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