Manchester United: David Moyes not only one to blame
Northern Ireland legend David Healy believes his former manager David Moyes will feel let down by the performances of his players following his sacking as Manchester United manager.
Moyes was given the boot at Old Trafford yesterday after just 10 troubled months with Ryan Giggs placed in temporary charge of the club.
News of the departure brought few tears from United fans, angry and frustrated at how events have unfolded this season.
Results and performances have been poor, leaving the Red Devils in seventh place in the Premier League with no chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League. United suffered their 11th league defeat of the campaign on Sunday, losing 2-0 to Everton. Added to that there has been little to cheer in the European or domestic cup competitions, with United exiting them all early.
Last May when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as United boss and recommended the then Everton manager Moyes to replace him, many in football felt it was a wise choice, Healy included.
Northern Ireland's record goalscorer, who started his career at Manchester United, played under Moyes at Preston (pictured) where the Scot earned his respect.
The Windsor Park favourite had hoped Moyes would be a big hit at Old Trafford.
Acknowledging that United's record this season was not up to scratch, Healy added that the players who won the title under Ferguson the previous year should, along with Moyes, take responsibility for what has been a wretched campaign.
"I was pleased that David got the chance to manage such a great club and everything seemed to be in place for him to do well," said Healy, who scored 36 goals for his country and is now involved in the Irish FA's coaching set up.
"United were champions of England and it appeared as though they were in a good place to challenge for the title again this season, but it hasn't worked out and I'm sad for David that he has left the club.
"When David went into the job I'm sure he was thinking it was a great chance to show what he could do at the biggest football club in the world. From the start of the season though he was criticised and that criticism has gradually got worse as the season has wore on.
"Results have not been good and performances have not been good, but I don't think that has been completely down to the manager.
"He has been picking the majority of the players who won the title last season and they have not produced as they can. I'm sure he will feel a little bit let down by some of the performances of his players this season."
Taking over from Ferguson was always going to be difficult, but was it really mission impossible?
Healy is not so sure.
"When Sir Matt Busby left the manager's job at United it was difficult for those who followed and yes, it was always going to be tough after Sir Alex, but David Moyes was big enough and man enough to take the job on and was confident enough in his own ability that he could be a success. It just hasn't worked out that way," said the ex-Sunderland, Fulham and Rangers ace.
"Some will say having been in the job for only 10 months that David Moyes hasn't been given a fair chance, but results and performances have not been what is demanded at Manchester United.
"Performances in particular don't lie and they have not been good enough. To lose 11 Premier League games and be seventh in the table has led the people at the top at Manchester United to say enough is enough.
"The last straw was the performance and loss against Everton at the weekend because United were so lacklustre. That can't be happening at a great club like Manchester United."
So what now for Healy's old club? Who will be in charge next season?
The 34-year-old from Killyleagh fancies one of his old team-mates to get the job.
"Ryan Giggs will be interim manager. Maybe some may see him as a long shot to take charge permanently but nobody knows the club like he does, which I believe would be an advantage for him.
"I know managers like Louis Van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp have been talked about but it would not surprise me if Ryan was given the nod."
As for Moyes, Healy is convinced we have not heard the last of the 50-year-old.
"I don't think this is the end of David Moyes. I believe knowing the man he is that he will return to football and come back into management," said Healy.
"Even already I'm sure there will be some clubs who will have him on their radar.
"In football nowadays there always seems to be managerial changes and it wouldn't surprise me to see David Moyes in charge of a Premier League team in the future.
"Despite what happened at United, Moyes is a good coach and a good manager and I'm sure he will get the opportunity to prove that again."