David Moyes was an unmitigated disaster in the season he spent as Manchester United manager. Having inherited the champions, he lead United to seventh in the table, with them even finishing below his former club, Everton. The fact that Moyes had brought Everton’s top scorer from the season before with him to United, in Marouane Fellaini, was all the more damning on what an awful job he had done.
However, at no point has he accepted responsibility for his huge failure and has repeatedly insisted that he deserved more time.
A dreadful stint at Real Sociedad, followed by an ever worse time at Sunderland, with them rock bottom of the league and about to be relegated, hasn’t given him any perspective.
Moyes has reflected on the League Cup semi-final that he lost against Sunderland on penalties in 2014. United lost 2-1 away from home before winning 2-1 at Old Trafford. In what was one of the worst shoot-outs of all-time, Sunderland won 2-1, after Danny Welbeck, Rafael, Chicharito, Phil Jones and Adnan Januzaj all failed to score.
While it was a hugely disappointing night, there was relief for some fans, knowing that Manchester City awaited in the final. The two Manchester teams had never faced each other in a cup final before. After the batterings we were given by our local rivals that season, losing 4-1 away and 3-0 at home, it was a blessing we were spared the embarrassment of getting battered by them at Wembley.
Moyes, predictably, sees it differently though, believing it was just a small margin that denied him silverware when he was the United manager.
You have to win trophies at Manchester United and Jose got a trophy under his belt quickly, which was good. I lost to Sunderland on penalties in the semi-final of the cup, if you remember, so it can be small margins at times which influence how things go. Winning [trophies] is a big thing when you are at a club like Manchester United, and you quickly learn that.