Sunday 19 November 2017

Paul McGrath: Moyes was similar to Ferguson in many ways – his personality just wasn’t strong enough

Paul McGrath in his days as a Manchester United player
Paul McGrath in his days as a Manchester United player

Retired Irish footballer Paul McGrath has said that being manager of Manchester United “was a step too far for David” Moyes.

While the former United and Ireland star said Moyes was similar to his predecessor Alex Ferguson in some ways, he feels Moyes was crucially lacking in one.

“I don’t think David has the same strong personality as Sir Alex and it’s as simple as that,” he said on RTE Radio this morning

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

Yet, McGrath believes that Moyes “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.”

The 54-year-old former sportsman blames 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 was a huge loss for him aswell.”

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

“A lot of fans would have given him an extra season to get into the swing of things as Sir Alex had to do himself.”

There have been rumours abound this morning that Manchester United player Ryan Giggs may take over the managerial reins in Moyes’ absence.

With “a great knowledge of football” and being “so well known around the world”, Giggs is a distinct possibility, said McGrath.

“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, noted McGrath. “Some should be even ashamed of themselves.”

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