Manchester United were this week rocked with the news that Sir Alex Ferguson will retire after a highly successful 27 year stint at the club where he won 38 major trophies.
But with every cloud there is a silver lining and just 24 hours after Ferguson’s retirement was announced, United confirmed that Everton manager David Moyes will take over the managerial responsibilities on a six year contract.
The appointment of Moyes caused varied opinions throughout the fan base with some believing that Jose Mourinho was more suitable to the role. However, many Reds believe that Moyes is the right man for the job and believe that he can possibly emulate some the success that Ferguson achieved. I’ll be looking at the five main things which Moyes needs to sort out before the start of next season to get the Reds faithful on side.
Wayne Rooney’s future
Just hours after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure was confirmed, news broke that Wayne Rooney had once again asked to leave the club two weeks ago. This is the second time Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United after he handed in a transfer request in 2010 but that led to him signing a new five year deal reportedly to be worth around £250,000 a week.
Rooney turned his back on Moyes in 2004 to sign a deal with United and reports say that he and Moyes had a rather shaky relationship. Rooney has had to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie this season or dropping into a deeper role where has had a mixed bag of performances.
One of Moyes’ first tasks will be to decide the future of Rooney with Bayern Munich reportedly interested in the 27-year-old. A lot of United fans have had enough with Rooney and believe that enough is enough whereas some think that he still has a lot to offer.
My personal opinion is that no player is bigger than the club and if Rooney wants to leave, let him. There are far better players available who have twice the amount of commitment that Rooney has so for the right price, I’d be more than happy to see him leave.
Even before Moyes’ appointment, United were heavily linked with the likes of Kevin Strootman, Robert Lewandowski, Gareth Bale and Moyes’s former player Leighton Baines. But the Daily Mail reported on Thursday that United are set to make a sensational bid to bring back former world beater Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whether United have the funds is a different question but a triple way deal with the club and its two main sponsors, Nike and Chevrolet, is something which cannot be ruled out.
If Rooney does leave as expected, the return of Ronaldo would certainly help the club on and off the field and no doubt aid David Moyes’ quest to retain Manchester United’s Premier League title.
As well as Ronaldo, moves for Everton stars Baines and Fellaini are another possibility with Moyes signing both during his time at Everton. However, Lewandowski’s potential transfer is starting to look less and less likely with Bayern Munich becoming the front runners for the signature of the goal scoring Pole.
Bale’s future is set to be decided once Tottenham’s European fate for next season is decided. If they don’t manage to get into the Champions League, a move for Bale may be on the cards with United looking to sign one more winger with the arrival of Wilfried Zaha imminent.
With United’s coaching staff undergoing no major changes during Sir Alex’s reign, the question on everyone’s mind is who will Moyes bring in to help him? Moyes has been assisted by Steve Round since the summer of 2008 and it is expected that Round may join up with Moyes at Old Trafford.
The ever so influential first team coach Rene Meulenstein has raised his concerns about his future but is set to continue at the club in the same role, Although, Ferguson’s assistant Mike Phelan could well have to take a different role at the club if Round follows him into the club.
But one of the things that most fans want to see is the involvement of ex players in the coaching staff. Moyes is reportedly interested in bringing in Phil Neville to his backroom staff along with the retiring Paul Scholes. Ryan Giggs is set to play for one more season but he may be tempted by a coaching role at the end of next season.
Whatever Moyes decides to do with the coaching staff, let’s just hope it brings success.
One of the things that Sir Alex Ferguson was renowned for doing was bringing through the youth at the club with the likes of the class of ’92 along with more recent academy successes like Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.
This is one of the similarities with Moyes and Ferguson. Moyes has also prided himself on excelling the youth at Goodison Park with the likes of Victor Anichebe, Ross Barkley, Jack Rodwell and a certain Wayne Rooney all coming through the ranks at the club whilst Moyes was at the helm.
We’ll have to wait to find out whether Moyes will try out some of the younger players in pre season then throw them into the deep end at the start of next season, but there is no doubting that Moyes has inherited a young crop of players who have the ability to be first team regulars in the coming seasons.
How to deal with the press
It’s safe to say the press can be hard at times as Sir Alex has found out over numerous years. This has seen him ban some journalists from his press conferences along with the refusal to do interviews, such as with the BBC after a Panorama documentary.
With the United job comes big pressures and even bigger interest from the media. What will be interesting to see is how Moyes will change his persona for the United job.
Will he be the laid back manager who takes anything that is thrown at him? Or will he be the vicious sort of manager who isn’t afraid to confront the media. I hope he’s a bit of an aggressor as he’s shown at Everton. That’s one of the things which made Ferguson such an indomitable figure for all those in football.