Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has revealed how NOT to guide the club out of a crisis, revealing how David Moyes lost the Old Trafford dressing room.
Moyes was called the ‘Chosen One’ when Sir Alex Ferguson recommended Everton boss as his replacement in 2013 after one of the most iconic management spells in football history ended.
Moyes signed a six-year contract with United after Fergie retired in 2013, but it only lasted ten months
Moyes was nicknamed ‘The Chosen One’ but he quickly lost player support
Moyes only lasted ten months in the post as United collapsed and was replaced by Ryan Giggs on an interim basis before Louis van Gaal took over in the summer of 2014.
Evra recalled how the transition happened in her new book, which was serialized in The Times, explaining that the fear factor of the United States quickly evaporated.
“Old Trafford had simply ceased to be a fortress. You only had to look at David’s face to see the pressure he was under.
Things quickly took a turn for the worse for Moyes at Old Trafford
“But the way he handled it and us was a big mistake. In the locker room before a game he said: ‘Guys you have won everything here, you have to show me the way to win. I never won the league, you have to show me how to do it.
“I could see what David was trying to do by empowering the players, but Ferguson would never have asked his players how to win a game. He would have told us how to do it.
“Some players used that against him because they thought they were in charge now. Players who had agreed to be on the bench under Ferguson would complain if they were on the bench under Moyes. This made a very difficult job even more difficult.
Evra describes how a series of incidents undermined Moyes’ authority, leading to a 2-0 loss to his former team Everton.
Moyes secured the United job after 11 successful years at Everton, but ended up being sacked after losing to his former team
Toffees fans abused the team bus after the game, with Ryan Giggs losing his temper, which ultimately led to a change in leadership.
“On Easter Sunday 2014 we lost 2-0 to Everton. Giggsy, who had been abandoned, went mad after that game when Evra’s fans surrounded our bus and started mistreating us, ”says Evra.
“One of them threw something that bounced off the car window. Giggsy stood up on top of the coach and shouted, ‘Everton fans are freaking us out now. Enough is enough.’
Giggs was given Moyes’ job shortly after this incident
Giggs was then Van Gaal’s assistant, winning the FA Cup before the Dutchman was sacked in 2016
” He was right. The next day the senior players – me, Vida [Nemanja Vidic], Wayne [Rooney], Giggsy, Rio [Ferdinand] and Michael Carrick – were summoned to Ed Woodward’s office. I think David knew what was going on. Ed spoke to us separately, the players. I was the last to enter. “Is David Moyes still the man to lead this team? He asked.
“’The players are primarily responsible,’ I replied. “We’re more to blame than the manager, but the dressing room is not a happy place. – I know, said Ed. ‘Thank you for your honesty. We will see what decision we make.
Woodward will step down as United’s executive vice president at the end of this year, and it remains to be seen whether he uses the same method to judge his current situation.
However, with reports that Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes have lost confidence in Solskjaer, the Norwegian could be on very thin ice.
A 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday increased the pressure on the manager.
The players were held up for two hours after the game and general manager Richard Arnold canceled his appointments to have crucial talks with the club owners.
As a result, talkSPORT understands that former Chelsea and Juventus boss Antonio Conte has been probed to take over at the shelter.
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If Woodward uses his previous dismissal methods, Solskjaer could find himself out of a job very quickly