The Scot has been criticised across the board this term by his own players, fans and the media and the deluge shows no signs of slowing down with comments this week from Everton youth coach Kevin Sheedy who claims the Red Devils boss has no interest in youth.
The 54-year-old Everton legend and former Ireland international midfielder has been on the coaching staff at Goodison Park since 2006 coming in to join Moyes’ backroom personnel where the United boss spent 11 years in charge of the reigns.
However, Sheedy asserts his belief that Moyes is ‘not interested’ in young players coming through, claiming Moyes did his ‘head in’ over the course of their seven years working together.
"All of you out there Moyes was never interested in our youth team or players," Sheedy posted on social networking site Twitter.
“In my 7 years moyes showed no intereset [sic] in our youth team."
Not content with his damning verdict of his former superior at Goodison Park, when asked on Twitter whether that ‘must have don his head in’, he responded: “Yep, he did.”
Over at Old Trafford, Manchester United have a superb record of developing and nurturing young talent through the youth academy under Sir Alex Ferguson – the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, and Nicky Butt are better known as the Golden Generation and the ‘Class of 1992’ who developed and prospered together going on to be a crucial part of the treble-winning side of 1998/99.
Even in Ferguson’s later years in charge, the elder Scotsman brought through the academy system Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck, and Tom Cleverley and the club has high hopes for upcoming youngsters Adnan Januzaj, Michael Keane, and Jesse Lingard with signings in recent years Wilfried Zaha, Nick Powell and Phil Jones also progressing well at a young age.
Perhaps Moyes’ treatment of Zaha could in some way justify Sheedy’s strong criticism – Ferguson’s last ever signing at Old Trafford was ousted from favour by David Moyes who has since sent the England youngster out on loan at Cardiff since January.
However, in the name of objectivity and fairness to David Moyes, the Scot has brought through young players at Everton across those 11 years – perhaps his apparent lack of interest is being over-egged here by Sheedy.
Tony Hibbert was given his first-team opportunities mostly under Moyes at Everton, as was highly rated England youngster Ross Barkley who is now reportedly a target of United, as well as Leon Osman who was given his run in the first team under Moyes, and young Seamus Coleman can be added to that list since the age of 21.
In my estimation, I think it sounds like a timely personal attack on David Moyes by Kevin Sheedy which may well have some base to it in terms of their relationship at Everton but I think the United tradition of cultivating their youth ranks will continue regardless, with or without David Moyes in charge for the future.