Top 10 instances where David Moyes was disrespected by Manchester United players and staff
6. The walls have ears
Moyes always insisted that his relationship with Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand was A-OK and that various reports in the media about a fractured relationship were totally untrue.
But when you sit with another Premier League manager, the last thing you do is criticize the two senior players in such a manner, especially when one of them hears the conversation. Rio Ferdinand was the man who heard it all and ever since then he has lost respect for the Scot.
Other stories of how Ferdinand didn’t like being compared to Phil Jagielka also didn’t go down too well with Moyes.
7. Sticks and stones…
The Red Devils soon became disillusioned by Moyes’ training methods and even got bored with the sessions. One coach even got the nickname ‘F*** off’ as a reminder of what they thought every time he opened his mouth to say something.
8. Plugging the leak
When United team news was leaked to the national media, Moyes found the young player responsible and punished him severely. But the leaks continued and it set a bad example of the fact that Moyes couldn’t control the squad.
Sir Alex Ferguson would ban mobile phones if leaks were suspected but Moyes would not take any drastic measures, which gave the senior players the impression that his man management skills were nowhere near that of his predecessor.
9. Nobody at Old Trafford liked him – not even the ground staff
There were reports of discontent among the ground staff at Old Trafford. They just didn’t have the same respect for him like they did for Sir Alex.
10. This is Manchester United and they’re supposed to attack! Not defend!
There was a report of Ryan Giggs once storming off after David Moyes made the squad practise defensive routines at their Carrington training ground for over two hours. And when he was asked by Phil Neville as to why he hadn’t attended a coaches’ meeting, Giggs said it was “pointless” as Moyes never listened to anything he or the others had to say.