10 mistakes that cost David Moyes his job at Manchester United
From his handling of players to poor tactics and moaning, David Moyes was the master of his own downfall
1. Coaches clear out:
David Moyes’s first decision at Old Trafford arguably set in motion the nightmare season he has endured. By sacking Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele, he dispensed with respected coaches and replaced them with unproven Everton staff.
2. Fellaini signing:
Moyes spent the summer attempting to boost his squad, but indecision over targets and rejections from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Leighton Baines and Cesc Fabregas resulted in the signing of Marouane Fellaini, who has been a disaster.
3. Moaning about tough fixtures:
Despite inheriting a team that had just won the title by 11 points, Moyes marked his first press conference as manager by complaining about the tough fixtures in United’s start to the campaign.
4. Robin van Persie:
Despite repeated denials from both parties, the friction between Moyes and Van Persie has been one of the key factors in the manager’s failure to succeed. Van Persie has shown little appetite to perform for Moyes.
5. Billing Liverpool as favourites:
It may have been stating the obvious, but when Moyes declared Liverpool as favourites ahead of last month’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, he angered supporters for handing that billing to the club’s biggest rivals.
6. Handling of Wilfried Zaha:
Signed for £12m by Sir Alex Ferguson last January, Moyes inherited the England winger last summer, but confused supporters by failing to hand him a chance to impress before loaning him to Cardiff in January.
Supporters accustomed to free-flowing, cavalier football under Ferguson grew tired of Moyes’s defensive and negative tactics, with United rarely securing emphatic victories under the former Everton manager.
8. Treatment of Giggs:
The United veteran has been largely overlooked by Moyes this season, despite impressive performances when selected. Having been promoted to the coaching staff, Giggs has rarely been seen communicating with Moyes.
9. Defeats by Liverpool and Manchester City:
United suffered 3-0 home defeats against their biggest rivals in losing to Liverpool and Manchester City and Moyes enraged supporters by suggesting after the City defeat that they were a club United must "aspire to".
10. But it's not all been bad:
There have been some positives. Moyes promoted Adnan Januzaj and gave the teenager his chance and he also turned around the Wayne Rooney situation when the forward appeared destined to leave. But it was not enough.