It really is slightly mad that six years on from David Moyes’ last match as Manchester United manager, things haven’t really improved at Old Trafford.
They’re now onto their third permanent boss since his 2014 departure, having chewed up and spat out two world class coaches in Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho, and the same problems which have remained constant throughout remain prevalent to this day – recent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revival aside.
In truth, it’s been a similar story for Moyes. Just as United have buckled under the almighty task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, his handpicked successor has never really recovered from his unsuccessful attempt to take the reins.
It hasn’t been all downhill for Moyesy, but when it’s been bad, it’s been really bad. Like, this bad.
Trying to Count in Spanish
There are a great many questions surrounding his ill-fated 364 days in charge of Real Sociedad. Questions such as ’why?’ ‘how’ and ‘who the bloody hell sanctioned this?’
The biggest question, however, the one burning a hole in all of our brains, is why on earth did Moyes decide to count to four in Spanish in an interview one time?
This is legitimately uncomfortable viewing. ‘They’ve trained with me, ehhhh, ehhhhh, dos, tres, quatro times.’
Seriously, who did he think this was helping?
The Las Palmas Disaster
For most of Moyes’ (almost) year in the Basque region, he wasn’t viewed as an absolute disaster. There were frustrations about the team’s inconsistency, but having taken over a pretty awful team in November 2014 and steered them towards a comfortable mid-table finish, time was on his side – especially after overhauling the squad in his first summer window.
That goodwill dissipated steadily as they picked up just two wins in their first ten matches, and then went off a cliff after a hilariously bad defeat to Las Palmas.
The home side, by this stage, sat rock bottom of the division and had won just a single game all season, but were able to outclass and outgun Moyes’ disjointed charges at every turn to record a comfortable 2-0 win.
Twitter trends in the wake of the defeat included
Sunderland, towards the end of their time in their Premier League, were the quintessential ‘poisoned chalice.’ They had gone through seven managers in the seven years in the run-up to appointing Moyes, and as has been underlined by hit Netlix show Sunderland ‘Til I Die, they were perhaps the worst run club in English football – relying on owner Ellis Short’s billions to keep afloat.
It was abundantly clear from day one that this wasn’t a good place to work, but Moyes wanted a return to the England after his Spanish holiday didn’t quite go to plan.
Getting Relegated With Sunderland
“We didn’t have the funds required to rebuild the team and it was also difficult to attract a level of player to make the difference.
Wigan 2-0 West Ham
FT: Wigan 2-0 West Ham
0 shots on target against League 1 opposition all game, Out of the FA Cup, Should have lost by more, Masuaku banned for 6+ games for spitting at the opposition, Joe Hart the worst keeper in the league, Obiang stretchered off, Martinez injured,Burke injured
— Jamie (@WestHamSHOUT) January 27, 2018
Arthur Masuaku saw red after the referee adjudged the left-back had spat at Nick Powell, West Ham failed to muster a single shot on target, and Will Grigg(‘s on fire) scored in either half to send the Irons packing in the fourth round.