Michael Owen doesn’t always get it right when it comes to football punditry, but regarding the sacking of David Moyes, he has got it spot on.
Huge news at Old Trafford but with the summer looming and a huge transfer kitty available, United had to be 100% Moyes was the right man.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 22, 2014
Evidently they didn't have the confidence in him in which case makes the timing absolutely right. Now the big question is who's next?— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 22, 2014
Bang on target from the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker.
Manchester United’s season was over long before they suffered a convincing 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. That result mathematically confirmed that they will not finish in the top four of the Premier League and will therefore miss out on Champions League football for next season.
The Red Devils had already gone out of Europe’s premier club competition, had failed to progress beyond the third round of the FA Cup and had slipped up in the League Cup.
Between now and May 11, there is really nothing to play for United and the bosses at the Manchester outfit had no confidence in Moyes, so why keep him on until the summer and then sack him?
Getting rid of Moyes now gives United some extra time to figure out who they would like to hire next. They can then take the right approach and allow the prospective candidates time to think about their offer.
And should United be able to reach an agreement with their target, then they can start working on the players they would want to sign before next season. Last summer Moyes could make only Marouane Fellaini his major signing, and even then, the Belgium international midfielder came on the final day of the transfer window.
Moyes’ relationship with United had already turned sour and there was no point in the two parties working together any longer. And Owen, a former United player himself, is spot on: the timing of the Scot’s sacking is “absolutely right”.