David Moyes has been sacked as the manager of Manchester United and failing to fit certain players into the team was probably the cause of the Red Devils’ fall from grace.
Replacing a football legend like Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be a demanding task for Moyes and unfortunately the results didn’t come his way.
For some people, the decision was perhaps made later than expected. As former Chelsea player-manager and Italian international Gianluca Vialli put it: “David Moyes, in Italy, would have been sacked three times now.”
In Serie A, club presidents have a reputation for being trigger-happy but in the English Premier League, it isn’t the case unless Chelsea comes into the equation. Despite the calls for Moyes to be sacked ages ago, the United hierarchy were willing to give the former Everton manager time to prove himself.
Qualification for the UEFA Champions League is a mathematical impossibility now. That was confirmed after the Red Devils lost 2-0 to the Toffees, which resulted in Moyes’ axing.
So why were things so bad for Moyes?
Aside from him replacing Ferguson as Manchester United manager, Moyes struggled to create a cohesive unit, and has been criticised by fans and media alike for managing a team that plays with a simple approach.
Moyes bought Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini from his old club and he too has struggled to replicate the form he had with the Toffees.
Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa has been overlooked by Moyes on many occasions this season but if Moyes struggled to accommodate a creative genius like Kagawa in the team, he had more trouble fitting two in after Juan Mata arrived from Chelsea.
Moyes would have been better off using Kagawa as an attacking midfielder and Mata as a left-winger like he was at Valencia.
Probably the only positive for Moyes’ midfield this season was the introduction of Kosovar-Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj.
He made his debut in United’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace but he grabbed the world’s attention when he scored both goals in a 2-1 win away to Sunderland. His impact waned a bit since then but that has not stopped a plethora of national teams wanting to call him up.
Portuguese winger Nani has made little impact this season and he could be on his way out of Manchester. Rumours of Dutch striker Robin Van Persie leaving had come up during the season because he reportedly didn’t see eye-to-eye with Moyes. With Moyes gone, he could stay on.
In attack there have been issues too. Van Persie has had fitness and form concerns, Danny Welbeck has not been influential either and Wayne Rooney had issues with his contract. Javier ‘Chicarito’ Hernandez has not been the impact player off the bench that he was under Ferguson.
For all the issues Moyes had in finding his best midfield and attack, his defence was more of a concern. United do not have a star defender in his prime. Nemanja Vidic looks set to join Inter Milan but Patrice Evra should leave too and Rio Ferdinand should consider retirement.
Ryan Giggs is now the interim manager at Manchester United. He is a club legend so he would be able to motivate the players and he is better off hanging up his boots anyway.
At 40 years old, Giggs has achieved plenty of success in his career and a new generation of players should have their chance to prove themselves.
A possible candidate to take over next season is Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal. He has been linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job in the past but Manchester United would give him more funds for players and he can still work with the players available in the present.
United has been having issues in the post-Ferguson era and Moyes could not obtain results on the pitch. The roster needs improving but Moyes was not capable of working with what he had at his disposal.