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Why Manchester United fans must thank David Moyes

Agnel
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28 Apr 2014, 11:38 IST
David Moyes

David Moyes

While Manchester United fans around the world must be celebrating that 4-0 win under interim manager and Manchester United legend – Ryan Giggs, lest we not forget the man who he replaced. Polarizing as he was – David Moyes definitely deserves our gratitude for multiple reasons.

Leaving Everton: He left a stable environment at Everton – a team that he had built from the scratch and brought it to where it is now. One might argue that United offered him a much fatter paycheck but we must also realize Everton was a team that would probably never have sacked him – a team that he had built and had a vision going forward.

He gave it up to take up a challenge in an ageing Manchester United squad that also had a new CEO. He gave up a stable environment for the challenge.

Wayne Rooney : We might never know what happened between Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney but in the summer of 2013 Rooney definitely looked like he wanted out. David Moyes took it upon himself to convince Rooney not only to stay but to have an excellent season for himself. Playing in different positions as the team needed.

Could you imagine a Chelsea team with Rooney in that kind of form and assistance from Hazard?

Adnan Januzaj : While all Manchester United fans would agree that he’s been the revelation of the season his coming of age must be attributed to Moyes. We must not forget that Moyes found Rooney, Fellaini, Ross Barkley, Leighton Baines amongst others.

Juan Mata : For all those who said Moyes cannot bring in big names.

Marouane Fellaini : Again a very polarizing player. One thing Manchester United fans forget is that the midfield was not the same after Roy Keane left. While Michael Carrick would excel in central midfield - the defensive midfielder was one position that was left without an apt replacement.

Different players from Rooney to Phil Jones have tried to plug the gap based on need but nobody could. Fellaini was brought to fill in and he has been unfortunate with injuries. He’s a revelation in waiting – if he is utilized well.

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Thanked the fans : Even after an unceremonious sacking – he went out with gratitude. In his message to Andy Mitten, he said: “Would you please let it be known how much I appreciated the support I got from real United fans. They were incredible.”

“I am sorry I couldn’t give them the results they were all used to.”

This speaks volumes of his class and calibre as a human being and his respect for the club in general and it’s supporters. Imagine what Jose Mourinho would have done in such a case.

David Moyes is the type that would bounce back and I wish him greatness that today’s quick success clubs fail to offer.

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