Just when you think you’ve heard it all about Moyseh…
When Sir Alex Ferguson retired after winning the Premier League title one final time in 2012/13, everyone knew it would take a special kind of manager to even come close to maintaining Man United’s fearsome reputation.
David Moyes was not that man.
Under the former Everton boss’ guidance, United finished 7th having failed to win half of their 38 games.
There has been much talk of what went wrong during that season and with each detail that emerges the decision to appoint Moyes seems more and more perplexing.
Like how about the fact that United’s legendary centre-back partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were made to study videos of Phil Jagielka?
We’re not for one minute suggesting that the Everton defender does not possess fine qualities which many should seek to replicate.
And we know that you’re never to old to learn but the idea of making Vidic and Ferdinand, a five-time title-winning combination, learn from a player who has never won a major honour seems ridiculous.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Vidic said: “Players don’t always like what managers say to them. That’s normal – it even happened with Fergie.
“The sad thing for me wasn’t any specific incident; it was that with David as manager and me as captain, we didn’t do well.
“As a team we wanted to prove people wrong after Fergie went. We hoped to be better. We were not.
“We all lost and must share the responsibility and guilt, David as manager and me as captain.”
More than anything this story speaks volumes about Moyes’ mentality while at United.
He had arguably the best centre-back duo in Premier League history, albeit in the latter years of their careers, and his solution to their dipping form was to look backwards towards his old club, mid-table enthusiasts Everton.
Remember as well that one of Moyes’ four signings during his tenure was Marouane Fellani.
To be Man United manager you need to have an elite mentality, a belief that you are in charge of the biggest club in the world.
Say what you want about Jose Mourinho, but he certainly has the right mentality.
Now you’ll have to excuse us, we’re off to watch some old tapes of Jagielka playing out from the back…