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Saturday 20 September 2014

David Moyes at Manchester United: the good bits

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  David Moyes the manager of Manchester United and Ryan Giggs look during a training session at the Aon Training Complex on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: David Moyes the manager of Manchester United and Ryan Giggs look during a training session at the Aon Training Complex on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

It wasn't all bad, you know. We've been citing the reasons why Moyes had to leave United – and there are many – but he did manage a few good things during his short stint...

1. Getting Rooney to stay; when everyone thought the talismanic striker was on his way, Moyes was adamant that wasn't the case, and so it proved – although Roo's 'loyalty' is now costing the club around £300k a week.

2. Securing Januzaj; this boy has the ability to become the best player in world over the next five years. I saw a lot of the young Ronaldo up close and United's number 44 – expect his squad number to be a singular digit next year – is as good, if not better.

3. Hastening the end of Giggs' playing career; believe it or not, a large number of Man U fans have never taken to the erratic, inconsistent, infuriating and vastly over-rated Giggs – and I'm one of them. It was embarrassing for one of the world's top clubs to be relying on a 40-year-old.

4. Turning David de Gea into a world-class goalkeeper; you wouldn't swap the Spanish stopper for anyone else these days – who'd have thought that a couple of years ago? Moyes' goalkeeping coach Chris Woods has worked hard on de Gea, with huge dividends.

5. Calling time on Vidic and Rio; the record books will show that both United's first-choice central defenders stayed at OT until the summer of 2014 but, psychologically, Vidic's career ended on March 14, 2009 (United 1 Liverpool 4); Ferdinand's a lot earlier (April 23, 2003, United 4 Real Madrid 3). It's just that no-one bothered to tell them...

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