Did Moyes do anything right at United? Five things he can be proud of

David Moyes In Emirates Press Conference 2

There will be a lot of talk on Moyes' failings as Manchester United manager, but below we propose five positive things to come out of his tenure.

It may not be the easiest list to compile given the disastrous season Moyes has overseen, but there are a few good things the Scot did for the club, as well as one fairly important indirect part of his legacy which he may have hoped to avoid. 

Below we wring out his reign for those positives:

The introduction of Adnan Januzaj

Moyes, like his predecessor before him, had a decent record of blooding talented youngsters without burning them out. Current United star Rooney, as well as Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman, were all introduced softly softly under Moyes at Everton, who clearly recognised their talent. In Januzaj, United had a gem of a promising player that would need sufficient care in bringing through, and the young Brussels born winger has settled in nicely to the first team, scoring 4 goals and assisting 6 in his 31 appearances.

Solved the Rooney - Ferguson stand off

When he arrived from Everton in the summer, one of the first things Moyes had to do was address the fast unravelling relationship between main man Wayne Rooney and Manchester United, no mean feat given their own troubled past. Much of the damage had been done as a result of the fracturing of the England man's relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, and once again it looked possible that a move was on the cards. Moyes came in, placated Rooney and assured him of a central role in his Manchester United team. Though it didn't turn out to be a successful United team, Rooney did sign a new contract and improve on last year's performances.

Oversaw Juan Mata's arrival at the club

Quite how much he was involved in the transfer of Chelsea's Spaniard to Old Trafford, or even how necessary a deal it was, Moyes was the manager in charge at the time and would have almost certainly encouraged the pursuit of a player of Mata's class. Though he was unable to get the best from the former Valencia man, at 25 the playmaker has plenty of time to acclimatise, and whoever comes in has one of the Premier League's best midfielders at his disposal.

A decent run in the Champions League

Moyes also presided over a strong Champions League showing. The Old Trafford club comfortably  topped their group, with particular strong showings against Bayer Leverkusen both home and away. Though there was a poor performance in Greece against Olympiakos, Moyes and co managed to turn it round in the second leg. Once they got to the quarter final, they were always going to struggle against tournament favourites Bayern Munich, but a decent home leg and a solid hour in Munich were arguably some of Moyes' best moments on the pitch with United. Whether a draw and a 20 second lead is good enough for a club like Manchester United is indicative of where the Reds may have been heading had Moyes remained at the helm, but they got further than they did in Ferguson's final season.

…Softening the blow for whoever comes next

Though it's certainly not something Moyes would be proud of, or something he would have sought to accomplish, the failings of the former Preston boss make the job that much easier for United's next permanent manager. In terms of suffering for the good of the club, Moyes certainly put up with his fair share in his short spell in charge, and the fact he lasted less than a season should ensure that not too much damage has been done. With the title winning players still at Old Trafford, it will be hard for whoever comes in not to improve upon the recently departed Scot, and let's face it, there was no guarantee a Guardiola or Mourinho would have made for a smooth transition.

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