The wrong mentality, a possible reason why Moyes' reign at Old Trafford failed?

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David Moyes's own mentality when it came to football may not have fit with that of the club.

There have been several column inches, probably entire trees written about what went wrong for David Moyes as manager of Manchester United.

For me, the big factor is the mentality.

Every team went to Old Trafford with an element of fear – sides that went there and won in most cases probably thought there was a bit of luck that went their way when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United.

But so many sides left with big or important victories, and records were ended. Everton ended a 21-year wait for a win, whilst Newcastle United left the ground dubbed as 'The Theatre of Dreams' with their first victory since 1972.

Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion also had their moments whilst Liverpool and Manchester City comprehensively outplayed United on their own patch.

But it’s the games against City and Liverpool where the problems really stuck out in terms of the Scot’s mentality during his ill-fated reign in charge of Manchester United.

There was the suggestion from Moyes that Liverpool probably favourites going into their clash in March, certainly something you wouldn’t have heard from his predecessor. Ahead of the game against Manchester City there was talk that United ‘will be very hard to play against’ and that their neighbours were in for ‘a very hard game.’

That’s all well and good, but the rhetoric was hardly inspiring. But it has emerged recently that ‘Are Everton in today?’ was a question that was asked by some of the playing staff when referring to the methods that Moyes tried to implement.

It shows that he was facing an uphill battle. Moyes said he wanted to put his own stamp on the club when he arrived at United, but it’s hardly the best attitude from the players. Maybe they don’t agree with that particular style, as it didn’t fit the image of Manchester United. But if you look at some of the defending that the side has displayed at times this season, it is little wonder that he may have wanted some extra work on that aspect of the game. 

There is also the aspect that Moyes had arrived at the club without having won a major honour in the game.

However, if the Moyes way was to be defensive and protect all the time, then that mentality was doomed to fail from the start. It is hard to see how he could have succeeded without a degree of aggression and a will to get the side on the front foot.

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