Huge: Ferguson gives a clean sheet on David Moyes

Sankha Ghosh / 06 October 2015

Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Manchester United didn’t make any mistake appointing David Moyes as manager.

Moyes parted away with Everton to take charge at Old Trafford after Alex Ferguson retired dramatically in 2013 but lasted just 10 months before being showed the door.

Ferguson who recommended Moyes recently suggested that former Everton Boss had not been the first choice but defended the process by which he was appointed.

Now he has gone further by saying Moyes was definitely the right man at that time when the decision was taken. The revelation came when the Scot was speaking in a new TV documentary, Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success.

Ferguson told recently, “I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man — he did a great job at Everton, had 11 years there. We picked the right man. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for David.” Moyes spent six months out of the game before returning to management at Real Sociedad. 

On the other hand, in Spain there is not a different ball-game scenario for David Moyes compared to his stint at old Trafford. As the first anniversary of Real Sociedad appointing David Moyes nears, it’s worth dwelling on the Scot’s record since taking over as manager in November last year.

The ex-Manchester United and Everton boss, 52, has eight months left on his contract and the Basque club’s board will soon be considering whether to extend this agreement. If Sociedad’s form this season continues then there is a strong likelihood that the Scot will not be staying in northern Spain for much longer.

Since 22 November last year, Moyes has won ten league matches. In many of the games, Sociedad have been overly defensive and a little ordinary. They have drawn 13 and lost ten in that time.

This season La Real has failed to score in four of their opening six games and has won just one of them.

Despite having players such as ex-Arsenal forward Carlos Vela, 26, who can change the course of a match with outrageous skill, there appears to be no creativity left within the side because of the rigidity of the Moyes system.

A little more freedom in certain areas of the pitch could see Vela and others find the keys to unlock the door.

Looking at Moyes’ tenure in its entirety, it’s difficult to argue that he has done any more than the minimum required.

When he took over from Jagoba Arrasate, the club were in 15th place and struggling. By the end of the season, the Scot had taken the team to 12th. Hardly the stuff of legend.

Currently, Sociedad again find themselves in 16th place, just two points off of the bottom of the table.

With Atletico Madrid, Levante, Celta Vigo, Las Palmas, Sevilla, Barcelona to play in their next six fixtures, Moyes has to engineer more from his side or risk falling into the bottom line of the table as we approach Christmas.

If he is unable to inspire, something levelled at him while United manager, then the worst possible anniversary present could become a reality. What Ferguson says about him back in England, will have no effect in his Spanish regime.


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