The Name ‘ David Moyes’ may sound a bit familiar to a half of Manchester United fans while it may be treated with some sympathy by the other half of them. The Scot, who was axed as a Manchester United manager last month, didn’t fail to attract and rack up scathing attacks upon himself.
Another one, which is the latest one in fact, is made by Manchester United outcast Danny Welbeck. The young forward will accompany the likes of Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to Brazil but he has blurted out statements which will truly sum up David Moyes’ turbulent reign.
The 23 year old, on being asked about what Moyes had claimed earlier regarding Welbeck’s unsatisfactory training, said
“I was pretty surprised at that to be honest,”
“Before he made that statement I was doing extra training. Maybe he just didn’t see it.”
“It’s born and bred in me to do extra work after training and maybe he wasn’t seeing that extra stuff. I was doing extras in the gym and on the pitch.”
He also stressed upon playing out of position up front under the Scotsman and admitted that “It does get frustrating. You want to be playing in a certain position and you’re not getting the opportunity to do that.
You know, David Moyes looked clueless sometimes at Manchester United when he was on the sidelines, going by the expressions he held. At Everton, he had succeeded in inculcating a defensive style of football among the players but that was clearly not settling into the United squad. They were used to playing a more expansive and a more attacking minded football than how he went by.
Moyes never got a grip on the team and owing to this, the changes he made were quite ostensibly, indifferent. Bringing on Rio Ferdinand for Juan Mata in a game as high voltage as Liverpool, was a bit absurd. And this substitution came when United were 2-0 down. And Welbeck clearly stated that no matter how hard he trained, his efforts went down the drain and were sorely neglected. And moreover, he was utilised in a position he wasn’t acclimatised to playing in. This serves as a testimony to how well the players knew Moyes and how well he knew his players.
That ‘Never Say Die’ spirit was clearly missing , even at Old Trafford and the shoulders drooped and the confidence was hitting rock bottom. There was no tempo about the play and the players, especially the wingers were closed down way too easily by the opposition. That was the reason why the creativity and trickery was lacking in United’s once feared game. And here, the training methods and policies are to be blamed.
And conclusively, what Sir Alex had strived to conquer during his enviable reign, collapsed within a matter of months. Now, We are pursuing a new beginning under Louis van Gaal. It won’t be surprising if he performs exceptionally well but remember – Rome was not rebuilt within a day…