‘Moyesey’ is coming ‘home’ for Christmas as his Sunderland side travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on boxing day.
The sight of the so called ‘Chosen One’ may make United fans throw up their turkey and ham as it will remind them of one of the worst season in recent memory the club have went through.
Alex Ferguson left a side that had strolled to the title by eleven points the previous season before Moyes somehow turned the exact same side plus Fellaini and Mata into a seventh place team.
After a typical tame 2-0 defeat at Everton in April 2014, Moyes was rightly dismissed after less than a season in charge. In truth, he should never have been even mentioned for the job in the first place. It was far too big.
Moyes added fuel to the fire ahead of the boxing day clash with his pre match press conference when discussing his opponents tradition.
“I can say that’s gone. There have been a few changes at Manchester United but that’s the way they have chosen to go. They were a football club who enjoyed traditions with the way they spent.
They didn’t try to compete with all the other clubs. They did what they thought was the right thing to do and spent the right way. Maybe that has had to change because of the current situation.
[But] Sir Alex [Ferguson] went out and bought wisely and correctly in the transfer market and what he thought he needed to do.”
He also spoke about his transfer targets that were never going to happen and claimed he was treated unfairly by the club, as he’d have been successful if given more time.
“When I first went in my real target was Gareth Bale. I felt all along that Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player. I fought right until the last minute. We actually offered a bigger deal than Real Madrid. But Gareth had his mind made up on going to Real Madrid. That was, in my mind, the player I really wanted to bring to Manchester United.
“The other one was Cesc Fabregas, who we thought we would get right up until the last minute. I remember when I first met Sir Alex and he always said there was a chance Ronaldo might come back. So that was the level we were targeting. I was not going out to bring in seven, eight players, because we had a squad which had just won the league.
“Toni Kroos was agreed to come in the summer. I had agreed it with Toni himself and his agent. Sometimes you don’t get deals done. Gareth Bale, we were probably behind all along, Real Madrid were well in for it. The Cesc one was disappointing. It was very close. And Toni Kroos came up in January – it was done.
A lot of players come into Manchester United and have not necessarily made the difference. But I think that, given time and having got to this period, I would have hoped I would be working with a successful team now.”
Manchester United fans reacted on Twitter and were not too impressed.
As far as I’m aware, there is no Premier League rule forbidding Marcos Rojo from two footing David Moyes on the touchline, here’s hoping.
— CR (@CR689908) December 23, 2016
David Moyes ,wanted to sign Gareth Bale ? But ended up with Fellaini? That’s the equivalent of ordering Stella & getting served Cat piss ?
— JOHNO (@davidaj09) December 24, 2016
David Moyes has blasted the club for not sticking to ‘tradition’. Yet he says he offered £100m for Gareth Bale. Stop embarrassing yourself.
— Jordan (@FourFourJordan) December 24, 2016
— John Ludden (@Johnludds) December 23, 2016
“we aspire to be like city”
“think what Jagielka would do”
“I couldn’t take him off,what would people think”
Still going to applaud him? ?
— ZippyPenguin (@Zippy_Penguin) December 23, 2016
Was like Apple giving the local Lidl manager the CEO job cause he kept them afloat for a few years. Utter diabolical appointment. https://t.co/7MWTibXO3l
— Keith Russell (@Keith_Russell) December 24, 2016
I assume Moyesy didn’t think we were ‘betraying our traditions’ when we outbid Madrid for Gareth Bale during his time in charge?
— BeautifullyRed (@BeautifullyRed) December 23, 2016
Yet he wanted to sign Fabregas, Bale and Thiago in the same transfer window. https://t.co/Vpk14GuKaz
— Aaron Roles (@Wtcchhh) December 23, 2016