Top 10 mistakes that cost David Moyes his job at Manchester United

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David Moyes' 10 month reign as Manchester United boss is over, but what contributed to his exit? Here are his top ten mistakes at Old Trafford...

  1. Signing Marouane Fellaini – For £27.5m, Fellaini hasn't even remotely lived up to his transfer fee, turning in a number of abject displays – particularly against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Moyes' faith in the Belgian was evidently misplaced...much like many of the midfielder's passes this season. His failure at Old Trafford means United are once again looking to sign central midfielders this summer.

  2. Changing his line-up so often – In 51 games in charge, Moyes changed his line-up 51 times. Not once was there a consecutive line-up without any changes, and the lack of continuity was a huge problem. There was a lack of cohesion, with the squad playing like strangers and a complete absence of fluidity in all facets of the game just showed how the tinkering Moyes contributed to an uncharacteristically disjointed United.

  3. Completely changing the coaching staff – When Moyes arrived at Old Trafford, there was already a strong coaching staff in place. Assistant manager Mike Phelan, first team coach Rene Meulensteen and goalkeeper coach Eric Steele had been with the club for some time under Sir Alex Ferguson, and despite Ferguson's pleas for Moyes to keep them intact, the former Everton boss cleared house and brought in his own staff – once again losing continuity.

  4. Handling of Robin van Persie – United's star striker fired the club to the Premier League title last season, but has looked like a shadow of his former self this campaign. There have been plenty of rumours suggesting that the former Arsenal star simply isn't happy under Moyes, and his performances this season would certainly suggest as such, with with Dutchman turning in a number of underwhelming displays.

  5. Mindset at such a huge club – Moyes made his name with Preston North End and then Everton, two modest clubs that enjoyed success with him in charge – but Manchester United is an entirely different proposition. The Red Devils are arguably the world's biggest club, and are expected to perform as such. Instead, Moyes preached compact football, with hard work and a relatively defensive mindset. This didn't go down well with fans who were used to flair and attacking under Sir Alex Ferguson, as Moyes appeared stuck in a “small club” state of mind.

  6. Praising local rivals – It's all too easy to compare Moyes' reign to that of Ferguson, which is somewhat harsh as replacing him was the unenviable task. Yet Moyes certainly didn't help himself with comments made to United's biggest rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City. Declaring that Liverpool were title favourites and that City are who United should aspire to be were things you would never have heard from Ferguson – and that passion, that vitriolic nature towards their rivals was part of the reason he was so loved at Old Trafford.

  7. Wasting time in the transfer market - Moyes isn't purely to blame here as Ed Woodward was also fairly incompetent, but United's summer transfer dealings were verging on comedic. Their attempts to sign the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona seemed doomed for some time, yet United continued to press ahead to no avail, whilst other teams were out signing players and getting stronger, which ultimately led to the deadline day panic buy of Fellaini.

  8. Signing Juan Mata - Mata is an outstanding player, of which there is no doubt - but was he really the man that United needed? The Red Devils forked out £37.1m to land the Spaniard from Chelsea in January, but everybody knows that Mata needs to be played as a No. 10 to be at his best, but United already had Wayne Rooney playing there, whilst Shinji Kagawa also needed to be in that role too. Instead, Moyes has been shoehorning Mata into the side as a wide midfielder, which hasn't worked so far.

  9. Failing to phase out old guard - the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra have been mainstays of the United back line for many years, but they are all the wrong side of 30 now, and all look set to leave this summer. But in what was already billed as a transitional season, moving on last summer would've been more beneficial, as now the club are forced to look for instant replacements rather than having them in place for a season.

  10. Struggled to sell his training regime - after years of working with Ferguson and his training regime, it was always bound to be difficult adjusting to change. Ferguson reportedly did most of his training on ball skills, whereas Moyes came in and made things more physically gruelling - which the players didn't take to. They seemed unconvinced about the benefits of Moyes' regime, and the Scot just couldn't do enough to convince them that his methods were right, which ultimately led to him losing the faith of the squad.

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