Tag Archives: David Moyes

England

Manchester United need to announce their new manager this week

The quality of the current Manchester United team is probably somewhere in the middle of the last two seasons.

2012/13 saw Sir Alex Ferguson mastermind a rip-roaring success. His Manchester United team collected more points from losing positions than any other Barclays Premier League team before them. They conceded goals early and allowed teams to come at them; but always threw enough at them to leave with three points. There were memorable comebacks like the one against Aston Villa. There were crazy opening periods like the 4-3 victory over Reading. There was the last gasp victory over Manchester City. The flaws in the team were evident but the goals of Robin van Persie, a gung-ho attitude and the aura of the manager were enough to paper over any cracks.

2013/14 didn’t go so well. David Moyes didn’t react with the same bullish attitude as his predecessor in the face of setbacks. He didn’t throw the kitchen sink at teams after an early goal went in. He waited for the system to pull them round and it couldn’t. There wasn’t the inspiration from the sidelines and there wasn’t a fully-fit Robin van Persie to pop up at the right moment to rescue points.

The quality of the squad is probably worthy of back-to-back top four finishes in the last two seasons but the difference in the managers, and their coaching teams, saw a dramatic swing either way.

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Moyes' departure is a lesson for the football world

Sir Alex Ferguson is not the type of man that would enjoy meeting himself. His brash, arrogant personality that supposedly makes way to a gentlemen full of kindness. His mannerism of picking fights with officials and opposition teams at just the right time to shake the attention away from his own players and their failings. A young Alex Ferguson would have got under the skin of the senior version and that’s why he made the wrong choice when finding his successor at Manchester United.

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Confidence is key

There are many key components that all need to function simultaneously for a football player, or any other athlete for that matter, to reach the best of their ability. Clearly having the requisite skill and physical attributes to reach the top is of great importance but at the truly elite level of sport much is decided in the mind.

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Regal Rooney returns

With everything that went on at Manchester United this summer it was going to be hard to predict how their season would transpire. The change in manager is, and has been, huge but the return to the fold of Wayne Rooney has been their biggest success thus far. Over the last few weeks he has been imperious and looks back to his regal best at Old Trafford.

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Fellaini deal exposes fears of Man Utd fans

Manchester United completed their first major signing of the summer transfer window after it had eventually closed. Marouane Fellaini proved to be the only Everton player to follow David Moyes to Old Trafford as the two clubs confirmed the deal some 15 minutes after the window had slammed shut. The move was met with initial relief by United fans after they had stared down the prospect of signing no-one; and in turn, reveals the true fears that surround the fanbase as the new era wobbles into action.

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Van Persie was Sir Alex's final masterstroke

The 2013/14 Premier League season got under way this weekend and one player in particular continued from exactly where he left off last time round. Manchester United’s Robin van Persie delivered a master class in centre forward play at Swansea on Saturday and his form could be the difference once again for David Moyes’ new side.

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Why aren't Everton swimming in foreign money?

In November 2010, Blackburn Rovers were taken over by an Indian group promising much. Venky’s, a company that specialises in poultry farming and pharmaceuticals, held numerous meetings with Rovers and the Premier League over two months and in their opening press conference, promised marquee signings and Champions League football.

Not shocking claims by any stretch of the imagination; even if they have proved to be utter nonsense.

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The new Manchester United manager

July 1st 2013. 26 years, seven months and 15 days after Alex Ferguson walked into Manchester United and took the helm, the Old Trafford club wake up with a new man officially in charge of the club.

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World

"Mourinho/Moyes/Guardiola want to sign Bale/Thiago/Suarez…"

Welcome back to The Football Project.

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England

Is Marouane hair to stay?

I love Fellaini
He is the love of my life
I love Fellaini
I’d let him shag my wife
I love Fellaini
I want curly hair too

It’s fair to say that Marouane Fellaini is held in high regard by Everton fans. So understandable was their delight when it was announced on Thursday that the Belgian has signed a new contract with the club, a deal that sees him tied to the Toffees until the summer of 2016. As a man who will turn 24 next week, it’s a contract that covers the prime years of his career, and to some it might seem strange that a man rated almost as highly outside the club and its fanbase as he is inside it would make such a commitment to such a troubled club.

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