David Moyes lacked the gravitas to be Manchester United F.C. manager

Apr 22 2014, 15:03 IST
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Manchester United F.C. took David Moyes out of Everton, but not the Everton out of David Moyes. Manchester United F.C. took David Moyes out of Everton, but not the Everton out of David Moyes.
SummaryManchester United F.C. took David Moyes out of Everton, but not the Everton out of David Moyes.

When Manchester United F.C. overlooked Jose Mourinho and chose David Moyes to be the successor to Alex Ferguson, the club gambled on a manager without a winning mentality, experience of European football, and with no trophies on his resume.

Instead, Manchester United F.C. went for someone with a track record of loyalty and building a dynasty, as 11 relatively successful years at Everton would attest.

It quickly became apparent, however, that David Moyes lacked the gravitas for the biggest job in English club football, that he was too satisfied with a mediocre level of performance, that he was in awe of the team, rather than ready to rebuild it.

In short, he was a man out of his depth.

Take, for example, the away match at Liverpool, which came three games into the Premier League season. Liverpool won 1-0.

"I thought we played very well'' was David Moyes' assessment of what most pundits found to be a limp display by the reigning champions. With more performances like that, he added, Manchester United F.C. would surely finish "in or around the top four.''

It was to be a recurring theme.

Manchester United F.C. took David Moyes out of Everton, but not the Everton out of David Moyes.

Before Manchester United F.C.'s home match against Liverpool, David Moyes declared the visitors to be favorites. "I was surprised,'' Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remarked on David Moyes' lowered expectations, "... I would never say that at Liverpool - even if I was bottom of the league.''

What was to prove his last post-match news conference also came on Merseyside, this time at Everton on Sunday. Manchester United F.C. had just been beaten - actually, dismantled - 2-0 by an energetic, tactically aware Everton side.

"I couldn't fault how we played,'' said David Moyes, wearing his now-customary haunted look. His overall analysis staggered those present and had Manchester United F.C. fans on social media fuming.

Manchester United F.C. fans probably saw it coming, though. David Moyes admitted on the day he was presented as the new manager that "the blood drained from my face'' when he was approached by Ferguson and told he would be the man to take the club forward.

The job, and the remit of rebuilding an aging team that Ferguson squeezed the best out of, proved too much for David Moyes.

Convincing Wayne Rooney to commit his future to Manchester United F.C. was regarded as the most pressing item on his in-tray. That was

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