Saturday 24 March 2018 / 05:50 AM


Remember when David Moyes was the Manchester United manager?

Didn’t go so well, did it?

In fact, it couldn’t have gone much worse – they went from champions to seventh, with the Scot presiding over several first-ever wins at Old Trafford…for the opposition.

It was an appointment destined to end in failure – whatever Ferguson said, Moyes was clearly not of the required calibre to manage a team as big as United, and it showed. Big time.

But, like all great revisionists, Moyes has told something of a different story whilst talking to the press prior to Sunderland’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Boxing Day.

The first accusation that Moyes made was that the club have abandoned their “traditions” by appointing non-British managers and spending a lot of money in the transfer markets.

Let’s take a second to think about that one…

Prior to Moyes’ appointment, Sir Alex Ferguson had been in charge of the club for 26 years. He’d taken about four years to really get going, and then he won everything in sight, becoming the finest manager to ever manage in England.

He was also a great ‘spotter’ of talent, which meant that – especially in the early days – United were able to pick up players without spending too much.

But have United abandoned their traditions by not following the Ferguson model.

No. Here’s why:

Firstly, football has moved on a lot in a quarter of a century. There are a whole lot more foreign managers around than there were prior to Ferguson’s appointment. It’s difficult to argue that it was traditional for United to appoint British managers when they had pretty much no opportunity to appoint anyone not from the British Isles back in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

Secondly, United did always spend big money. They broke the bank on Michael Carrick. Dimitar Berbatov. Rio Ferdinand. The list is not huge, but it’s not inconsiderable either.

Unfortunately for Moyes, things didn’t work out at United. In my view the club was too big for him; and although that’s not a view that he shares, he must admit that he underachieved in his 10 months in charge.

But just because things didn’t work out, it doesn’t make it sensible for the Black Cats boss to come out with this revisionist nonsense. He’s now at Sunderland, and after a shaky start he seems to be slowly turning the ship. Get on with the job at hand Davie – the less you talk about Manchester United, the sooner we’ll all forget your spectacular failure there.

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