David Moyes: Portrait of a Scapegoat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When the news was confirmed early on Tuesday morning that Manchester United boss David Moyes had been sacked, it sadly came as no surprise as the writing had been on the wall for a while. The champions had 27 fewer points than they did after 35 games last season.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have a say in deciding which manager should replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, after the former Everton manager was specifically appointed on his advice, only to fail miserably and being sacked just 10 months into his United career.
Since Moyes was relieved of his duties yesterday,two managers have already ruled themselves out of the running, with Pep Guardiola stating that he's determined to remain at Bayern Munich for at least another two seasons, while Jurgen Klopp, who would have been the perfect choice for United, has made clear he has no intentions of leaving Dortmund.
Given that they probably won't be needing it around the place much any more, the 'The Chosen One' bannerwhich has been hung in the Stretford End at Old Trafford for the past ten months is to be taken down ahead of Manchester United's game against Norwich this coming Saturday, and itlooks like it may end up in the National Football Museum.
David Moyes "The WRONG ONE" for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It takes a big man to fill big boots, and in the final analysis, I guess David Moyes simply wasn't up to the job. Whether it's true in reality or not, Manchester United have this self-imposed image of a club furnished with a success built on attacking football.
Manchester United: David Moyes on the verge of getting the sack - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Twenty-six years of elegance, fame and prestige murdered in just eight months. Perhaps this is enough to sum up David Moyes' tumultuous reign at Manchester United since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.
In a bid to supplement his state pension, Sir Alex Ferguson is set to auction off thevast collection of vintage wines he assembled during his time at the helm of Manchester United no sniggering at the back please!
The extensive collection, which numbers approximately 5,000 bottles (some of which are signed by Fergie himself), is to be flogged at Christie's in May and isestimated to fetch around £3million according to its pre-sale valuation.
Sir Alex Ferguson loves horses. He's also a metaphors man. (Probably.) So it's no surprise that he'd mentioned Devon Loch, both horse and metaphor, a few times in managerial career. Devon Loch is, for those that stumble upon something interesting and think "yeah, here's something I could use to introduce a piece of writing one day", the horse that crumbled under pressure.
Despite scoring first against Bayern Munich both home and away, Manchester United were totally outclassed over the two legs, and the gulf between both sides was plain to see, where the best Manchester United could do was to block their penalty area with eight players in hopes of stifling Bayern.
After losing 4-2 on aggregate to Manchester United, and exiting the UEFA Champions League, the season for the Red Devils is effectively over.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has agreed to take up a long term teaching position at Harvard University in Boston. The 72-year-old Scot, who retired last summer from management after 26 trophy laden years at Old Trafford, will be lecturing Ivy League students on a course named The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports.
Manchester United, having gone into the match tasked with avoiding further humiliation in this most abject of seasons, produced a hugely spirited display and will be disappointed to head to Munich next Wednesday with merely a 1-1 draw to show for their efforts.
That the Red Devils produced such a result against the odds attributes a lot to their counter-attacking game-plan.
While more often than not this season, David Moyes has gotten his tactics all wrong in big matches, yesterday against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford he got his team sheet spot on. Moyes received praise for his use of Danny Welbeck in the 1-1 Champions League quarterfinal first leg drawbut to me it is a sign of what Moyes was missing during the season and the problems created by the forced inclusion of the expensive and volatile Robin van Persie.
Pep Guardiola has warned David Moyes that failure to win at a big club is intolerable and that managers must deal with the pressure that comes with managing a club like Manchester United and deliver trophies, or else they risk losing their job even if they've only been in charge for a year.
The difference between United and Bayern Munich couldn't be more evident.
It all started with such promise. A young Japanese attacking midfielder moves to one of the biggest clubs in the world after two impressive seasons under an up-and-coming manager at one of Europe's most likeable teams. The time seemed right for Shinji Kagawa to begin the next chapter of his career learning the ins and outs of Premier League football under the tutelage of one Sir Alex Ferguson.
Has time run out for David Moyes at Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There's an old saying that you never know how dark the night is unless you know how bright a dawn can be. For Manchester United fans, the long dark night just got that bit more intense last night after Manchester City ruthlessly exposed the limitations of the current Old Trafford team, and showed that consecutive wins over Olympiakos and West Ham, were just another set of false dawns this season.
Manchester United produced a stunning comeback last night, overturning the 2-0 they had carried into the game last night to win 3-0 on the night and book themselves a place in the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since the 2010-11 season, meaning there's still something left to play for this season.
Manchester United board now turning against David Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
David Moyes is under huge pressure. Players have shown frustrations at times, a section of fans showed discontentment and now ESPN reports, key Manchester United boardroom figures have turned against him with the prospect of him getting sacked has been raised as well for the first time.
Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Manchester United could have made Â£150m by selling Cristiano Ronaldo, rather than pocketing a mere Â£80m when the Portuguese star was allowed to swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009 for a then world record transfer fee.
Fergie revealed that he had instructed former chief executive David Gill to demand a fee in the region of Â£150m, confident that Real Madrid president would have paid any amount of money to secure Ronaldo, but Gill was determined that not even the Spanish giants with their almost unlimited transfer funds would have been prepared to spend so much on a single player.
What They Said: Ferguson says Moyes needs time, Gerrard on title-race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson urged the fans in his farewell speech to show strong support to the new manager. The fans have done exactly that until now, albeit there is a wave of frustration hitting the spine of every Old Trafford faithful.
When Manchester United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, most supporters were fairly surprised, given that the former Everton manager hadn't won a single trophy and had never managed a side in the Champions League.
Whilst finding a manager with a CV that matched Ferguson's was impossible, the difference in quality between the two men was incredible, despite claims from some sections of the press that they were "cut from the same cloth".
Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who was scouted for a third time on Sunday as his side faced Gil Vicente in the Portuguese first division.
Mangala has long been on United's radar, having been scouted when Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the club, but the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, with City almost clinching a deal to bring him and his teammate Fernando to the Etihad during the recent January transfer window but failing at the last minute to push the deal through.
"It's your time to back the new manager" was the infamous war-cry of then departing Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Six months on and the words are still thrust upon any disillusioned United fan who dares to publicly question or blame Moyes for United's current situation. The words are becoming tiring but in hindsight seem oh-so-wise from the man who took United to (and beyond) places they never dreamt they'd go.
How Much Longer Will Manchester United Stick With David Moyes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's an age-old football debate. Does a manager need time, or does time take all managers?
Some say that a boss needs time to implement his regime, win respect, and build a culture. Others say that as time passes, players get comfortable, stop listening to the manager, and work rate goes down.
The Best Football Ads featuring David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Football isn't always played on a length of grass, with eleven players, in a stadium full of packed supporters. Football, in the minds of us all, can be played on any surface, in any arena, and in a host of different ways.
Something strange happened during United's home defeat against Liverpool. With around twenty minutes left to play, and United trailing 2-0, the Stretford End starting singing "20 times, 20 times, Man United. 20 times, 20 times, I say. 20 times, 20 times, Man United, playing football the Matt Busby way.
Last season, Wayne Rooney's form became so poor, by his own high standards, that Sir Alex Ferguson dropped him. He was left out of the starting line-up for our biggest game of the season at home to Real Madrid, a decision that was working well for us until the referee's scandalous decision to send Nani off, and it wasn't that surprising.
Tony Pulis' consultation with Sir Alex Ferguson about taking the Crystal Palace manager job reveals how difficult of a proposition it appeared to be at the time. But with 36 points in 23 matches since Pulis was named Eagles boss, the payoff has been enormous both in the continued growth of the Welshman's reputation in soccer circles as well as for the club who have maintained top-flight status for the first time in the Premier League era.
Jose Mourinho opened his press conference today by playing the part of waiter. The Chelsea boss offered nuts to journalists assembled to hear him speak ahead of tomorrow's game against Crystal Palace. Sir Alex Ferguson used to offer nuts to journalists, but that was different entirely.
1. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, you always fancied United to pull off a result, even if all the odds were stacked against them. This season things have been different. Following the desperately disappointing performances and results against Liverpool and City over the past few weeks, when the players couldn't rise above their usual form and put in a gutsy display in a big game, why should fans have expected the match against Bayern Munich to be any different?
The last time Bayern Munich traveled to Old Trafford, they found themselves 3-0 down in less than 20 minutes, only to claw their way back into the game thanks, in no small part, to Rafael's sending off, before Arjen Robben's wonder strike ensured they'd progress to the semifinal.
Such heroics are not likely to be needed tonight, when the German and European champions face United in what is arguably the most unbalanced of the four quarter finals and will likely prove to be the Reds' last Champions League at Old Trafford for who knows how long.
I genuinely wanted to support whoever replaced Sir Alex Ferguson until the bitter end. I've always enjoyed the siege mentality that our former manager instilled in us and was ready to back his replacement.
When David de Gea replaced Edwin Van der Sar, the press ate him up for breakfast. That first game against City in the Charity Shield was a nightmare.
Arsenal crisis: Magic hat fades as Wenger flounders - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Shortly after Arsenal lost to Aston Villa at the Emirates on the opening day of this campaign, thanks to some dubious refereeing not for the last time from Anthony Taylor, this very writer filed a piece about the Arsenal boss's shortcomings as a evolutionary and revolutionary manager in 2013 and questioned the Arsenal chief's ability to take Arsenal any further forward.