WEN A MAN IS DOWN....I DARE NOT SPIT ON HIM....here are sum great achievements of d now sacked DAVID MOYES
1. The emergence of Adnan Januzaj
Moyes predecessor let the precocious Paul
Pogba slip away into the hands of Juventus.
Pogba is set to rack up Read more ...
his second consecutive
Scudetto since leaving, with his performances
catching the eye of Real Madrid - and United
The fact Moyes would have to pay about £40
million to bring back a player he should
already have at his disposal says a lot.
Ferguson got it wrong with Pogba, taking
umbrage at such a young player supposedly
demanding high wages and a place in the team.
But Pogba would have been worth it, and
should have already been playing in Ferguson's
Moyes has also taken care to ensure Januzaj
avoids burnout ahead of next season, picking
and choosing the games he plays him in and
never being over-reliant on him even when the
team needed him most (Olympiakos away,
2. Rooney is still a United player
Let's face it - Wayne Rooney wasn't a happy
bunny at United over the summer. Having
fallen out with Ferguson last season, Rooney
seemed destined for Chelsea - not least
because his relationship with Moyes, the
manager who allowed his talent to emerge at
Everton, had been fractured since he moved to
OK, most players would probably stay at their
club if they were offered £300,000 a week and
the captain's armband.
But Moyes fought off two bids from Chelsea in
the summer and convinced Rooney that Old
Trafford was still the right place for him, by
getting him into the best shape he's been in in
years. Being the main man has helped, too,
but at least he's showing an appetite for the
game that had turned into a different appetite
altogether in latter days under Ferguson.
Rooney has again proved how key he is to
United with 17 goals and 15 assists in all
3. He bought Juan Mata
United fans are likely to get a lot of joy over
the years out of seeing £37.1 million January
signing Juan Mata play football.
A tracksuit-donning Moyes looked just as
shocked as most United fans were feeling when
a suited-and-booted Mata stepped out of a
helicopter onto the muddy fields of Carrington
to sign for the club from Chelsea, where he
was twice player of the season.
But after a slow start, the goals and
performances have finally started to come for
Mata - who has shown unwavering faith in
Moyes . The club may have its next icon on its
The capture of Mata will surely have also been
refreshing for United fans who had been used
to seeing Ferguson baulk at paying over the
odds for star players on many occasions, and
letting the likes of David Silva and Wesley
Sneijder slip through the net.
4. How to solve a problem like Kagawa?
It wasn't impossible, then - Shinji Kagawa can
be effective playing from the left.
It had looked like Kagawa might be on his way
out of United in the summer. A botched pre-
season that saw him rushed back from holiday
to play a meaningless friendly in his native
Japan ensured Kagawa's campaign got off to
the worst start possible, with Moyes
questioned increasingly over the player's
absence in the first team as the season got
Kagawa didn't help himself either by putting in
the same insipid displays from the left wing as
he did last season, looking like he was meeting
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for the
first time with each occasion he stepped onto
the pitch with them.
But in recent weeks Moyes has - perhaps
accidentally - found a way to get the best from
Kagawa and it will throw up some serious
selection dilemmas for him next season.
Kagawa has thrived when playing in a front
three with Juan Mata. Both men prefer to play
in the hole as the No.10, but both have been
shunted out to the wing in favour of Rooney,
who likes to drop deep and spray cross-field
passes instead of execute the intricate, incisive
passing moves that are Mata and Kagawa's
With Van Persie injured, though, Rooney has
gone up top against West Ham and Aston Villa,
with Mata and Kagawa interchanging to
devastating effect in the 2-0 and 4-1 wins.
They then ripped Newcastle apart with Januzaj
on the right and Javier Hernandez up front,
winning 4-0 at St James' Park.
Moyes has bin depriived of d chance to keep the experiment
going for the remaining five games of the
season. If Kagawa and Mata keep excelling to
such an extent, Moyes wud hav had to consider
moving Van Persie on, as outlandish as that
might seem, because the Dutchman won't hang
around happily on the bench.
5. Has anyone seen Anderson?
Thought not. Moyes did what Ferguson should
have done years ago and shipped the
perennially underachieving Brazilian midfielder
out of Old Trafford.
Anderson may only be on loan at Fiorentina,
but the fact he is even struggling to get a game
there suggests there will be no way back for
him at United.
Anderson showed rare glimpses of his rich
promise in his first season following his £25
million move from Porto in 2007, but for such
a fee you expect more than potential and
Moyes should be applauded for starting to
clear out the dead wood. More are sure to
6. Making Welbeck matter again
From two goals last season to 10 this time
around, Moyes has developed Danny Welbeck's
This is also down to the masterstroke of not
playing him on the left wing every week like
Welbeck was arguably man-of-the-match for
United in both legs against Bayern Munich
(yes, yes, that miss in the first leg aside), and
stepped into the breach admirably in the
absence of the injured Rooney and Van Persie
earlier in the season, even going on a run of
scoring five goals in as many Premier League
games over December and January.
7. Sink or swim for Smalling and Jones
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand weren't going
to last forever. Once the best centre-back
pairing in Europe, Vidic is on his way to Inter
Milan this summer and Ferdinand could also be
shown the door.
It seems Moyes' has known this fact for quite
a while, and has wisely decided to throw Phil
Jones and Chris Smalling in at the deep end in
preparation for the increased responsibility
they will have next year.
In isolated instances (the 3-0 win at West
Brom, for example) Smalling and Jones have
excelled alongside each other, and looked like
the future England pairing they were once
touted to be.
With the experience they've gained this season,
Smalling and Jones could have breakout
campaigns next time around. Either that, or
Moyes wud av gone out and bought two new centre-
backs inda upcoming summer. What was that about Moyes
going to watch Ezequiel Garay and Eliaquim
Mangala the other day...
8. Problem solving
He's at least trying to sort out United's
problem positions, isn't he? Ferguson did a
great job of covering up deficiences at left-
back and in central midfield - though bringing
Paul Scholes out of retirement was a fairly
blatant admission that the latter was a mess -
but it had to catch up with United eventually.
Knowing Patrice Evra had been over-the-hill
for three years, Moyes spent half of the
summer trying to take Leighton Baines to Old
Trafford, with a last-minute attempt to bring in
Fabio Coentrao on loan from Real Madrid
He spent the other half trying to get at least
one central midfielder, but Thiago Alcantara,
Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera all had other
ideas. And who honestly thought Marouane
Fellaini would be this bad?
9. The man who followed Fergie
Not only did Moyes take on a seemingly
impossible job in following Ferguson, he has
done it with reverence, keeping the club's
principles in place and remaining dignified
despite United's dire situation.
And it is certainly hard to retain your dignity
when you're losing at home to almost every
other team who turns up, so give the man a
Would Jose Mourinho have done so? Highly
unlikely. Mourinho's 'us against them'
philosophy works at Chelsea and worked at
Inter Milan - less so at Real Madrid - but would
never go down well at a club like United.
Moyes has kept his cool this season, only once
losing his rag when he felt Adam Johnson dived
to win a penalty for Sunderland against United
in the League Cup.
Mourinho on the other hand has poured
gasoline on several burning fires this season,
even at his own club. He's had rows with
Arsene Wenger (again) and Manuel Pellegrini,
as well as castigating his own strikers in public.
In contrast, Moyes has continually shouldered
the blame for United's defeats - probably
because it's mostly been his fault, mind - bar
a few exceptions, such as hitting out at the
"schoolboy defending" in the second leg defeat
to Bayern. He had a point, though, Patrice...
10. Leaving an Everton legacy
It shouldn't just be Roberto Martinez that takes
all of the credit for Everton's success this year.
Yes, they have won more Premier League
points already than they ever did in a single
season under Moyes, but he left them in good
shape when he departed for Old Trafford.
He tied down Baines at Goodison Park to such
an extent that he couldn't pry him away from
there last summer, and created more than just
the spine of the team that is thriving under
No one paid any attention when Moyes bought
Steven Naismith to the club in the summer of
2012, but the forward was instrumental both
against Fulham and the seemingly generation-
ending victory over Arsenal in recent weeks.
so to u SIR DAVID MOYES.... I SALUTE... AU REVOIR