David Moyes’ ill-fated 10-month reign at Manchester United still remains something of a mystery even now, almost two years after he was sacked by the Red Devils.
Just how did the former Everton boss manage to get it so spectacularly wrong? And is it true that the players downed tools due to their lack of respect for him?
Moyes himself has always insisted he wasn’t given enough time - simple as that - but there surely had to be more to it. According to Nemanja Vidic, who announced his decision to quit Old Trafford halfway through Moyes’ tenure, there was.
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"We felt the new manager would get time," Vidic told BBC Sport. "But after one month, the pressure started.
"It was twice the pressure we had under Ferguson. People questioned David Moyes - and now Louis van Gaal - in a way they never would have done before.
"Moyes changed certain things. Some players asked why. But that is a natural reaction. The media said it was a problem. It was never a problem. He tried hard, but it didn't happen. The pressure increased even more.
"When you are manager of a club like United, in the time we live, no one gives anyone time to achieve anything.
"Those outside forces created a bad energy. When that happens it reflects on the team and the fans and it becomes a problem.
"So, for all the years of success and good memories, I have this one: Finishing seventh. It was a bad way to leave the club."
So, there you have it.
According to Vidic, it was outside influences - specifically the media - that caused Moyes to fail at Old Trafford.
Moyes was not backed like Van Gaal
The Scottish coach was handed a six-year contract at Manchester United after being identified by Sir Alex Ferguson as his ideal successor but was sacked after it became mathematically impossible for the club to secure a top-four finish at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
But unlike his successor, Louis van Gaal, Moyes was not handed hundreds of millions to spend on new signings.
Marouane Fellaini was his only big-name signing during his first transfer window and this was followed by the acquisition of Juan Mata in the January.
However, Moyes recently admitted he thought Cesc Fabregas - a potentially game-changing signing at the time - would be part of his squad for the 2013-14 season.
And he took a thinly-veiled dig at Ed Woodward, suggesting United’s executive vice-chairman lacked the knowhow of his predecessor, David Gill.
“There was a new chief executive in place,” Moyes told Goals on Sunday, according to the Mirror, last month. “David Gill had left which was a real big thing for Manchester United. He was someone who was very important to the club and to how things ticked along at the club.
"In that position you need to understand football, like David Gill."
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