He waited for the players to arrive and had a brief chat with them. And then left the Carrington from the back entrance, avoiding the cameras at the front.
All this gaga over David Moyes being sacked and Manchester United fans, a lot of them, rejoicing over the prospects of having a new manager overboard troubles me. Was Moyes the only reason behind our abysmal show this season? If not, then how dare we criticise him as if he is the sole culprit?
Let us criticise Danny Welbeck, Antonio Valenica, Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Robin Van Persie, or Shinji Kagawa (of late). De Gea would perhaps be the only one to spare. All of them have been abysmal - wayward passes, below-par motivation, lack of team spirit. It just didn’t feel they wanted it as much as this guy did. Did they?
An ageing defence, slow, below-par midfield, horrible wingers, clueless full backs - this was the squad Moyes inherited from Sir Alex. Sure, we were Champions - Sir Alex’s dexterity. He has to be by far the most clever manager I have ever seen. So he handpicks David Moyes as his successor and asks the club to hand him a six year contract. A contract long enough to ensure that David has the time to take on the arduous task of rebuilding Manchester United apart from the already strenuous pressure of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson - probably the greatest manager the world of football has ever seen.
He brought in Mata, he managed to keep Wazza and he brought Januzaj into the starting lineup. Sure Fellaini appeared at first to be a mistake. But back from injury, Fellaini as well has showed shades of brilliance in at least two or three games. I personally was annoyed with the extra focus on defence. Manchester United used to about beautiful attacking football - it was in our ethos, but we lost that.
Criticize him for his tactics if you would, but it was unfair to expect too much in the first season. Finishing in top four was a necessary target, and one he failed to live up to. Manchester United should have given Moyes another season. He deserved it.
One moment he is scouting Carvalho in Portugal, the other he is found in Germany. Next morning he is at Carrington for the first team training. His unstinting work ethic and his expectations were perhaps too much for a lazy undisciplined bunch of players. A brief glance at the past matches should do enough to provide the idea. You would see Wayne Rooney running hard, you would see a determined De Gea, but then then you would see a lackluster United.
There are many things David didn't do right - but his commitment and dedication were not one of them. So let’s respect him for that!
Sorry that it didn’t work out Moyes. Sorry that despite boasting about it so much, our owners lost patience and asked you to leave.
Sorry that Sir Alex left you with a task too much to handle. Sorry that you never got the chance that you deserved. Thank you for your efforts, dedication and all the best for your future endeavours.
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