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Moyes was out of his depth all season – Mcgrath

SACKED Manchester United manager David Moyes looked out of his depth all season, former player Paul McGrath has claimed.

Following Moyes' departure from Old Trafford, the club's longest-serving player, Ryan Giggs, will take over as interim manager for the remaining four league matches.

Moyes' fate came to pass this morning when he was informed of his dismissal by senior management at United's training ground at Carrington.

Former United footballer and Irish international McGrath said the manager's job at Old Trafford "was a step too far for David" as successor to Alex Ferguson who retired last season.

"I don't think David has the same strong personality as Sir Alex and it's as simple as that," McGrath said.

"He looked like a man under strain all season, he looked out of his depth.

"He has shown a lot of guts the way he has faced the cameras.

"He looked like a man who was under strain from early on. It's a tough morning for him."

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Yet McGrath believes Moyes is "very similar to Alex Ferguson in many ways".

"He wouldn't have been in the role for financial gain and he did have a love of the game, but it is so difficult to connect with your players in the same way that Sir Alex did," he said.

The 54-year-old Dubliner blamed some of Moyes' managerial decisions for his downfall.

"The one player he brought in who cost £27m – Fellaini – hasn't performed well at all. Van Persie (who has been injured for much of the season) was a huge loss for him as well."

However, McGrath believes that Moyes should have been given a bit more time to prove himself, and maintains supporters would have stayed patient.

"A lot of United fans would have given him an extra season to get into the swing of things as Sir Alex had to do himself," he said.

He added that Giggs may get better results and performances from the players.

"The players might fight a little harder for Ryan than they did for David. But the players need to look at themselves as some of them have underperformed during the season. Some should be even ashamed of themselves," he said.

Football pundit Eamon Dunphy said he always thought Moyes' time as United manager would end badly.

"You need to be a large character and you need time. David Moyes wasn't given that luxury," he said.

"Ferguson was a force of nature and unique. They should have looked for someone with a large personality and track record that would have impressed the players.

"He never won a trophy before going there. He didn't have the stature as a manager."

United lost 2-0 to Moyes' former club Everton on Sunday, and following a disastrous season the club will not be competing in next season's Champions League for the first time since 1995-96.

Frank O'Farrell from Cork – the only non-British manager of Manchester United who was sacked a year after he took over from the legendary Matt Busby – believes Moyes should have been granted more than 10 months.

"I certainly would think Moyes should have been given more time. He was an experienced manager. He wasn't a novice manager," he said.

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"He got the job on the basis of what he had done with previous clubs. But it doesn't surprise me.

"I'm sorry to see he's lost his job. I wouldn't wish that on anybody. They're looking for results quicker than they can be provided. It's a tough old game these days."

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