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MU: Where is David Moyes’s first squad now?

Coach David Moyes has accepted an impossible task to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in Manchester. Since then, MU has undergone three coaches and has yet to win the Premier League championship.


The departure of Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the saddest days in United’s history, although he has informed the club of his successor, coach David Moyes. At that time, David Moyes was considered the perfect choice for United’s manager. In contrast, MU has also put all his faith in him when deciding to sign a contract for 6 years.

Coach David Moyes opened his term at the Old Trafford Stadium by winning the Community Shield in 2013. However, MU’s results have gradually worsened over the length of the season. Finally, coach David Moyes was dismissed by MU after only 10 months of appointment.

Below is the fate of the first MU squad under Coach David Moyes.

David de Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in the debut match of manager David Moyes, when United won 2-0 against Wigan in the 2013 Super Cup. Since then, David de Gea has played a role as the pillar and has over 300 appearances for MU.

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Rafael

Joining MU in 2008, Rafael is considered the first choice at the right-back position before he dies. He signed a new 4-year contract in 2012 and was awarded the iconic No. 2 shirt. However, he was sold to Lyon by MU in 2015 for an undisclosed fee. Currently he is still in Lyon shirt and has a total of 120 appearances, scoring 2 goals and 11 assists.

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Phil Jones

The British defender is still playing for MU. Although considered the future of MU defense, Phil Jones has failed to win the official position because of injury and deterioration.

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Nemanja Vidic

David Moyes’s first season was also the last season of Nemanja Vidic with United. After winning 300 appearances for MU, the Serbian midfielder moved to Inter and competed in two years. Now he has retired and wants to take a coaching career. After retiring, Nemanja Vidic wants to become a coach.

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Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra will be remembered as one of MU’s best left backs after joining Monaco in 2006. Like Nemanja Vidic, David Moyes’s first season is also Patrice Evra’s last season with MU. He then joined Juventus and returned to the Premier League to wear West Ham in 2018. In July 2019, he announced retirement.

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Sir Alex has no voice at MU, helplessly watching the team fall into crisis

Sir Alex has no voice at MU as many people think. Former Scotland coach believes Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to lead MU but in the end, the team leader chose Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Sir Alex will wave and smile when he returns to Old Trafford in the 20th anniversary of the Champions League Final in 1999, when United beat Bayern Munich to complete the great treble.

However, MU fans understand that this 77-year-old man is feeling sad about the decline of the “Red Devils”, since he retired in 2013. It is said that, decided plans to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the official coach of Manchester United with Sir Alex’s hand in hand when the former Scottish coach is said to still have a great influence on the club. But the truth is very different. According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex believes that the most suitable person to take over at Manchester is Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham manager.

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Sir Alex’s relationship with Solskjaer is not as close as it seems. In fact, Sir Alex felt isolated and had no voice at the club, since he left. Sir Alex knew what the problem was for the club and he was always ready to give advice to MU’s management. Unfortunately, the powerful figures in MU like Ed Woodward, Richard Arnold and Matt Judge never pick up the phone to ask for Sir Alex’s advice.

Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not search for Sir Alex for advice on using players or playing tactics. “Sir Alex feels contradictory. Sir Alex sees the irony that despite his retirement, he still spends a lot of time thinking about MU. But Sir Alex loves the club and he feels pain when his opinion I am not considered by the club”, a source close to the Professional Coach Association in the UK told the Daily Mail.

“Sir Alex knew he was no longer leading MU but he would be happy if someone from the club asked for help”, the source continued. Sir Alex will never criticize publicly the club leadership or anyone. The former coach told the fans during the farewell ceremony of MU: “Your job is to support our new coach”.

That quote refers to David Moyes and then a series of other coaches like Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and the latest, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Unfortunately, no coach can help MU to add a Premier League title alongside the 13 titles Sir Alex won. Last season, Manchester United finish at the 6th position and the poor team is Man City to 32 points.

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Gary Neville has criticized MU’s current board who do not understand anything about football: “I think they should move the club’s rulers back to business, back to London”. Sir Alex may agree with what Neville said. He was skeptical about the club’s global scouting network and believed that the department worked too inefficiently, causing MU to perform poorly on Techmart, typically with the club spending £52 million to buy Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Sir Alex believed that MU should need to invest in buying forces after he retired. However Ed Woodward did not think so. Mike Phelan, assistant to Sir Alex, had to leave Old Trafford. Zaha, the last contract Sir Alex brought to United was disgraced under David Moyes, when the coach used Adnan Januzaj. This is probably the wrong decision when at this time, Zaha’s transfer price reached nearly 100 million pounds, many times the amount that MU sold him to Crystal Palace.

Wayne Rooney, the player Sir Alex thinks has passed his peak and needs to leave, is awarded by Manchester United for a £70m deal. Meanwhile, MU does not invest to buy players in other necessary positions.

After the commemorative match this weekend, it would not be surprising if Sir Alex returned home, continuing to watch the news of the club and waiting for a call to help from the MU leadership.