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Is Fergie Really To Blame Here?
Footytubeblog (Blog) 2 years ago
It may come as a surprise to some people that David Moyes’ first season as Manchester United manager has not been a successful one.

At the time of his appointment there were sections of United fans, as well as neutrals, who really felt that if Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was good enough to continue the club’s domestic dominance, then he must be the right appointment.

But, as we approach the end of his first season in charge and consider the amount of unwanted records Moyes has broken and the fact they are in real danger of not even playing in the Europa League this season, let alone the Champions League, questions are quite rightly being asked of Ferguson’s judgment.

Moyes enjoyed an 11-year spell at Everton that included Champions League qualification in 2005 and an FA Cup final in 2009, but that’s all he was able to celebrate during his time at Goodison Park, although his achievements were pretty remarkable when you consider the shoestring budget he was forced to work with.

Fergie’s surprise retirement at the end of last season caught everyone off guard, but there’s no arguing with the fact it was the right time for the great man to bow out.

His trophy-hauling career at United gave him ‘untouchable’ status at Old Trafford. He couldn’t do anything wrong and everyone trusted his decisions. Even his decision to appoint Moyes as his successor was given the nod by fans and fellow professionals alike.

But now his judgment is finally being questioned following Moyes’ dramatic failings in his first season in charge.

Can the untouchable Fergie be blamed for this and what exactly can he be blamed for? After all, he must have known that his title winning side of last year was not strong enough to mount a similar title charge this season.

So what was David Moyes meant to do with a squad not capable of successfully defending its league title without serious investment needed to revive its fortunes? Of course, he was meant to spend money, and he did just that.

Of course, Moyes’ dithering in the summer transfer window ultimately the catalyst to the season United have ‘suffered,’ but what can you expect from a manager who has never managed at that level and has never had an unlimited pot of funds at his disposal?

All this talk that Moyes is the ‘Chosen One’ isn’t strictly true, either. Fergie met with Pep Guardiola in America to try and persuade him to choose United over Bayern Munich. But he was too late as Pep stuck with his gentleman’s agreement with Bayern and played off Fergie’s attractive advances with a straight bat.

Guardiola was the Chosen One, not Moyes. And if you see what the former Barcelona coach has achieved already at Bayern, it wouldn’t take a genius to work out that United would’ve been a major force in the Premier League this season under him instead of Moyes.

But that’s not Moyes’ fault. He was offered the Manchester United job and he would’ve been mad to turn it down. It’s every manager’s dream, regardless of how well they think they’ll be able to do the job.

Do they give Moyes time to put things right? United would be silly to be too hasty in sacking him, particularly when Fergie put his faith in him. Moyes does have the potential to grow into the role and become successful, but it won’t be the instant success United or the fans were looking for.

Moyes will get the blame for a lot of things this season but, when you look at the bigger picture, he’s the last person to blame. Questions need to be asked of Fergie’s judgment here, as well as his refusal to offer the job to Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese manager returned to Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title.

But that’s a whole different story altogether.

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