Scouting expert - Moyes is giving players the chance to play themselves out of Manchester United

David Moyes

Author Michael Calvin has suggested David Moyes is playing a very shrewd game at Manchester United with his players.

Moyes and United were heavily criticised by several in the fallout of the last summer transfer window, which saw United miss out on high profile targets, eventually scrambling to sign Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.

The major question was why Moyes hadn’t got his business done earlier and he’s stuck by his explanation that he’s still getting to know his players and he’s getting used to the magnitude of managing Manchester United.

Michael Calvin is an author who has written books about various aspects of sport, the mindsets involved and the status of many aspects of the modern game, which many take for granted.

He suggests that Moyes’ lack of transfer activity last summer is because he wants the current crop of United players to make things easier for him.

“To relate that type of mindset to what's going on at United now - my sense is that what Moyes is trying to do is almost give some players the opportunity to play themselves out of the club,” said Calvin in an interview with thebusbybabe.

Moyes finds himself at a club where he has vast resources available to spend as he takes the current United side through a period of transition following the era of Sir Alex Ferguson.

What he’s currently experiencing is completely different to what he endured at Everton, where his focus was always on value and in Calvin’s words, ‘spending the money as though it was his own’.

United have a squad filled with players who are in and out of the side, leaving many United fans unsure over whether that player will stay at the club over the long-term or whether Moyes is testing them to see if they have got what it takes to play for him over the next few seasons.

“That's my instinct - you look back at the cataclysmic performance, or non-performance, that Ashley Young gave in the Derby. It looked that he didn't have a future. I was also, like many, amazed that he played Anderson. He just simply is not a Manchester United player,” adds Calvin.

It’s an extremely negative approach if that is Moyes’ mentality because United should be competing with their strongest side against their main rivals on a consistent basis to try and win silverware.

If Calvin’s theory is accurate then it suggests that Moyes is already resigned to a season of being second best behind the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City while he decides on the best way forward for the club.

However, he goes on to explain that Moyes’ approach is based on some form of logic, going back to his roots on needing to extensively scout players before spending cash on them.

Football is in an era where players are being traded for historic sums of money, with difficulty in getting to know them because they belong to someone else until they sign a contract with another side.

“The system doesn't allow you to find out that about the player because he's somebody elses property until he's signed, by which time he's someone elses player. That's where the attention to detail can work for Moyes,” he goes on.

The message is clear for United fans, have patience because Moyes has a theory and he’s working towards finding the perfect players for Manchester United rather than spending millions on a target just because he’s available.

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