Liverpool have benefitted immensely this season from Manchester United’s dismal performance under David Moyes. Without taking anything away from the fantastic work Brendan Rodgers and his team have done, the Reds are currently favourites for the Premier League title for the first time since the competition’s formation and there must be at least some link to the fact that this is the first season United have not been challenging for the title.
The Reds were benefitting from United’s lack of challenge for title and the top four as well but, depending on who comes in as Moyes’ permanent replacement, they may find an increased competition for the title, the top four and in the transfer market if the two rivals pursue the same targets this summer.
It does not affect their ability to attract top players, and it has not helped them particularly in the title race or the top four. City are probably the least affected by the comings and goings at Old Trafford this term, but that could change in the future if United re-emerge as title contenders.
Much the same as Liverpool and City, the Blues have had the benefit of one less rival in the title race and the top four, but the upshot of Moyes’ departure could ever-so-slightly mean Jose Mourinho’s position is slightly less assured (although I very much doubt the Special One will be considered as his replacement, despite reports to the contrary).
However, the sale of Juan Mata may come back to bite the Blues if a potential new coach gets the best out of the Spaniard.
Arsenal were top of the table for longer than any other team this term. But, more importantly, the terrible transition at Old Trafford may ward Arsenal off from ousting Wenger, better the devil you know and all that.
However, if Wenger opts not to renew his contract, United’s managerial targets may impact on Arsenal’s potential ability to replace Wenger with a suitable option but overall Moyes’ departure only means the Gunners can’t count on the top four in the future with the strengthening at Everton and Liverpool on Merseyside there are now as many as seven teams with the ability to get in those lucrative four places.
Everton have benefitted hugely from Moyes’ appointment in the long-run. Roberto Martinez is working wonders at Goodison Park and, apart from losing Marouane Fellaini, the Blues have been better off since Moyes left. And now his dismissal is a boost as it makes losing players like Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, and Ross Barkley less likely so they benefit most overall. It is a good day for the Toffies.
Conversely, Spurs suffer worst out of Moyes’ sacking most likely. It could hinder their ability to appoint a top-level manager to take over from Tim Sherwood, as well as all of the above factors, and decreases their chances of being able to make the Champions League in the future. Moyes at Manchester United ought to have offered Spurs more hope in their efforts to reach the top four and challenge for trophies, but his dismissal now sets them back further.
Overall, United's decline in the last 11 months under Moyes has been great for everyone but the faltering champions themselves, and now they have dismissed the coach, their rivals must sharpen up their act in preparation for the resurgent competition on the pitch, in the transfer market, in managerial targets, for titles, and European qualification.