Thank you, David Moyes. It's not something most Manchester United fans ever thought they would say, given the horrendous season the Scot oversaw at our club. Still, I'll say it again. Thank you, David Moyes.
There were points, last season, when it felt like United were in danger of spiralling into irrevocable decline.
Javier Hernandez has said that he left Manchester United because the club didn't believe in him and he has embraced the opportunity of making the most of his season-long loan at Real Madrid.
Having played a pivotal role in United's title-winning campaigns in 2011 and 2013, Hernandez fell out of favour under David Moyes last season, making only six starts before being shipped out on loan on transfer deadline day this summer.
Rio Ferdinand has hit out at David Moyes for trying to impose a vision on United, despite the Scotsman, who was also lambasted for adopting "embarrassing" tactics, himself not being too clear about the plan.
Ferdinand returned to Old Trafford on Sunday after leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer, having brought a 10-year career at United to an end in disappointing fashion as the club endured an absolute nightmare of a season under the former Everton manager, who was criticised by Ferdinand for creating a "bad vibe".
Wilf Zaha had a fairly miserable time in his first year as a Manchester United player. Having been signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in the January before he retired, David Moyes clearly wasn't a fan of the young winger and barely played him.
Louis van Gaal has sent Zaha on loan to the club we bought him from, Crystal Palace, but the player hasn't given up on a United future.
Adnan Januzaj hasn't had much playing time this season and was used in the centre of midfield against MK Dons. When asked what his favourite position is, he was very clear with his answer, but insists he is happy to play anywhere for Manchester United.
After struggling at Manchester United, Shinji Kagawa returns to the Bundesliga with a point to prove is a post from: Just Football
by Jack Dowell
When young fledgelings fly the nest and leave the place they are most comfortable for life's next step it's easy to point the finger on their premature return, questioning their lack of moral fibre, ability or drive to succeed.
Have we seen the best of Wayne Rooney? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney undoubtedly stands out as one of the best English players of his generation. He has been England's best forward for the past ten years or so and is truly a "world class" player in his own right.
At 28, he has played over 600 games for both club and country and has scored over 260 goals in his career.
I don't see this one lasting even as long David Moyes did
A couple in Uganda epitomised the global reach of Premier League football by having a Manchester United-themed wedding, although it seems from the photos that it was the groom rather than the bride who was behind the idea.
August for Manchester United didn't go as expected –but then it sort of went exactly as expected, in the back of our minds, at least since David Moyes made it his mission to make us all a little more humble. It turns out that, yes, there would be no quick fix. Even the manager says it'll take three months before it finally starts to click.
Manchester United officially announced the signing of Angel di Maria amid the backdrop of a 4-0 insult at the hands of impudent league one side MK Dons. So abject was their display that if you were watching both teams for the first time you would struggle to believe United was the team purchasing the£60 million player.
At the beginning of last season, the average tenure of a manager in the Premier League was 2 years and 2 months. This is comparable with the tenure of managers in Serie A and La Liga, and slightly less than the tenure of a coach in the Bundesliga. What this means to a soccer fan of a top flight club is that your team, no matter where the club is in the table, has a good chance of turning over management every three years.
Louis Van Gaal's "Red Devil Revolution" might have won over the British press quickly but how is he serving as an effective custodian of Manchester United's future? David Moyes made an effort to transition properly to the next era of Manchester United players giving Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck more time on the pitch and worked to transition the backline.
5 World-Class Players United Have Failed To Sign In The Last Two Years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's decline over the last 12 months has been startling. It's been more than just a decline. A landslide, probably, would be a more suitable word. In the 2010-11 season, they convincingly brushed aside their nearest rivals to win the Premier League by a mammoth 11 points.
During the World Cup we saw the renaissance of the 3-5-2 formation. Typically known as the classical continental formation of the 1970′s and 1980′s. Louis Van Gaal, who took charge of The Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup, has stood by a philosophy akin to the Dutch "total football" during his managerial career.
Old Trafford. It is a name that conjures many memories, most of which, given over two decades of unparalleled success, are happy ones. It is also a name that, during the last quarter of a century, has struck fear into the hearts of those who have visited it, for it had become a fortress; more often than not, the 'Home of the Champions.
With less than two weeks left in the transfer market, another Manchester United manager is getting hung out to dry by Unted's executive vice chairmanEd Woodward.
Last season David Moyes took a lot of heat for United's laughable summer transfer activity, but as history is set to repeat itself, it is clear that the fault for United's poor season last season rests with Woodward.
Initially, there was almost unanimous support for David Moyes when the wheels started to come off during his time as Manchester United manager. Whilst there had been huge concerns over his appointment, given he hadn't won a thing during his managerial career, fans were sympathetic and wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Manchester United has started the post-Moyes era in remarkable fashion, having not lost in any of their six pre-season friendlies as they settle relatively well into Louis Van Gaal's unorthodox 3-5-2 system. Their last friendly fixture – against Valencia – saw Marouane Fellaini notch his first goal for the club in injury time, which is typical to the Red Devils' way in what Van Gaal labeled as the ‘worst game' under him.
David Beckham and Paul Scholes react as Man Utd are dumped out of League Cup by York in '95
Having missed out on Europe under the failed reign of David Moyes, Manchester United were involved in the Capital One Cup second round draw for the first time since 1995 (when 'Fergie's fledglings' lost 4-3 on aggregate to York City).
Edinson Cavani has dismissed rumours that linked himwith a move away from Paris St Germain and insisted he's happy to continue to play for the Ligue 1 champions and that he has no interest in parting ways with the Parisian club.
The Uruguayan striker has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, after emerging as a transfer target for David Moyes in January and speculation over the former Napoli striker intensified towards the end of last season, when Cavani had looked frustrated at being deployed in a wide role to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play in his favourite position.
Nemanja Vidic faced his former club for the first time this week when Manchester United played Inter Milan in a pre-season friendly. United won the game on penalties and Vidic found it strange playing against the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
"It was strange," he admitted. "I faced Wayne and Mata many times in training but it's different when you play them in a proper match.
Wilfried Zaha has admitted David Moyes and him didn't see eye-to-eye and that he was frozen out by the former United manager last season, but he's relishing the opportunity to impress Louis Van Gaal.
Zaha signed for United in January 2012 for £15m but remained on loan at Crystal Palace for the remainder of the campaign making the switch to Old Trafford at the beginning of last season, but he was given very few opportunities to impress and was eventually shipped out to Cardiff on loan in January.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has complained that he inherited an unbalanced and "broken" squad from David Moyes.
Van Gaal pointed the finger at former manager David Moyes for the squads problems saying that Sir Alex Ferguson had left Moyes with a team of winners while he getting a "broken" squad awash with attacking midfielders.
Can Alan Irvine revive Glasgow's ‘master race' of Premier League managers? is a post from: Just Football
In the heady summer of 2011, one city ruled the Premier League. For once it wasn't Manchester, Liverpool, London or Norwich. It wasn't even an English city. It was Glasgow, with seven former residents of the Dear Green Place in charge of Premier League clubs.
Louis Van Gaal has said he's inherited a squad that is "broken" and "unbalanced" and dismissed suggestions that it'll be easier for him to succeed, given David Moyes' disastrous tenure at the club.
The Dutchman was asked whether he thought replacing Sir Alex Ferguson would have been harder than replacing Moyes, Van Gaal insisted that following a manager as successful as Fergie wouldn't have been a problem for him.
After a disappointing season under David Moyes leaves United missing out on Champion's League football this coming season and a truly awful viewing experience for even the most hardcore Red Devil fan, the board did what they should have done a year earlier and conducted an extensive search for a suitable manager to ensure they didn't repeat the errors made replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
The word ‘classy' appears in football prattle with increasing regularity, now considered the acme of all behaviour; gestures, non-gestures, tweets, messages of support, banners, all of that. Truth is, one of the things that's so compelling about football is the opportunity to ignore a goodly chunk of these precise mores and pressures, because, after all, it's only football.
Can Everton Mount A Genuine Challenge For 4th Place? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Everton broke their transfer record last night to secure the services of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in a deal worth 28 million pounds. By shelling out such a huge amount, the club have clearly signalled their intent to push for a finish in the top 4 and qualify for the Champions League.