Which Manchester United players will be glad David Moyes is off?
David Moyes has been sacked as manager at Manchester United.
Here are 10 players who for one reason or another will be glad the Scotsman received his marching orders:
Robin van Persie
Dutch striker Robin van Persie was said to have been convinced to join United by first team coach Rene Meulensteen, who left the club after David Moyes took over. Van Persie has had an injury struck season with Moyes' training methods and mismanagement blamed by outsiders. Van Persie would certainly be in favour of his international coach Louis van Gaal taking over.
Kagawa has struggled under Moyes, ignored largely in his favoured position, and it looks like the Scotsman just has not known how to get the best out of him. Previously tipped to be sold back to Dortmund this summer, a new manager will give him a fresh lease of life.
Record signing Mata has admitted he does not like being played out on the wing, and that's precisely where David Moyes has been playing him. There's no doubting Mata's quality, but a more tactically astute coach will certainly be able to get him performing better.
Rio Ferdinand has been at United over a decade, but that currently appears like coming to an end. Despite admitting he wants to stay at the club, Ferdinand has been cast aside and his contract is not expected to be renewed. A change of coach may give him a lifeline.
Last summer's £15 million signing Wilfried Zaha has barely been given a chance at United. After featuring prominently in pre-season, he was left in the reserves during the first half of the season, and sent out on loan to relegation battlers Cardiff. Moyes being axed will give him a fresh start.
Giggs has recently been forced to deny he has fallen out with Moyes behind the scenes, but not everybody is convinced. The Welshman will only benefit from his two decades plus at the club not being unduly tainted by the Moyes-era, and a caretaker role however short term can bring a fresh chapter.
Rafael da Silva
United's first choice right-back Rafael has gone backwards under Moyes this season, with rumours persisting that the Scotsman does not rate the Brazilian and could sell him to bring in Seamus Coleman. Injuries have not helped his cause, but his long-term future at the club is aided by Moyes moving on.
Midfielder Tom Cleverley has been poor this season, but that's also a reflection on David Moyes' tactics being completely unsuited to his passing game. In recent weeks he has been dropped, giving him grievance to believe he has been made a scapegoat by the manager for the club's poor form.
Local lad Danny Welbeck is another who has been subject to rumours, just at the weekend, that he is considering his future at the club. Welbeck was said to have been getting frustrated at being played out wide where he has little influence on the game, and will hope a new manager shows greater faith in his ability.
Another striker who has been under-utilised by David Moyes, Javier Hernandez' United career may just have been saved by his sacking. The forward is a born poacher who has deserved more opportunities, particularly having been overlooked for a half-fit Wayne Rooney away to Bayern. He could still be pushed down the pecking order if a new striker is brought in, but this gives him a chance.