Thursday 22 February 2018 / 09:19 PM


Oh Davey, Davey, Davey.

Just when you think you haven’t heard from David Moyes, he pops up with an absolute corker that only serves two purposes:

  • Hints at delusion
  • Reminds everyone that he was an abject failure at Manchester United

This time, Moyes has suggested that no other manager would have done a better job than him at United, giving his opinion in an interview with The Daily Mirror.

Here’s the quote in question:

“But I don’t think there is a manager out there who would have been able to do something better or quicker in the time I was given after Sir Alex ­retired. It was all about small ­margins.”

Pretty grand statement, right?

Ultimately, Moyes is suggesting that United’s capitulation from 1st to 7th was inevitable, and that nothing could have been done about it.

Pretty crazy thing to say, right?

Well, the plot thickens.  He also goes onto say this:

“It was difficult for me to go into Old Trafford and rip up the team that had just ran away with the title.”

His point here is that Chelsea and Man City had spent large sums of money shaping their squads in a bid to catch up with United, and that he wasn’t able to spend the same money.

But the key here is in these seven words:

“That had just ran away with the title”

The Manchester United team of the previous year, the champions of 2013 had won the league by 11 points.  They were – by some distance – the best team in the country.

So regardless of whether Moyes was able to strengthen the side or not, and regardless of whether the side was ageing, they still should have been capable of doing better than 7th place.

And he goes on…

“Things would have been a lot different if we had landed our main transfer targets.

“We were in for Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.

“Getting them would have been the perfect start in terms of reshaping the squad I inherited”

And now we come full circle.  Moyes claimed that no other manager would have done a better job, but it’s not a difficult leap to assume that had a manager been employed with more gravitas, they would have found it a lot easier to bring in those sorts of big name players.

Mourinho has proved it during his tenure so far – the big players like Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Lukaku all want to play for him, and the fortunes on the pitch have improved as a result.

Ultimately, the fact that Moyes’ tenure at United was a disaster is an undisputed fact, and is made even starker by what the Scot has managed to do in his last two jobs.

Sorry David, but it’s time to accept that you failed at United.






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