In some no holds barred reports and recollections from Manchester United’s season under David Moyes, both The Times and Daily Mail reported that two players went to Moyes to complain about playing time and were told they could leave.
The Daily Mail went one step further in their description and indicated that the two players were complained to Moyes were midfielders. Here are the reports from both papers.
The Times said: “At least two players went to see Moyes to complain about a lacking of playing time. They were told if they didn’t like it he would not stand in their way this summer.”
The Daily Mail said: “A decent, honest man, the pressure of life at United could make him appear curt — even the ground staff at Old Trafford did not like him — while his decision to tell two midfield players they could leave the club in January seemed extraordinary, given his lack of playing resources at that time.”
Reports from both papers match up apart from the fact that The Daily Mail claimed the players were told they could leave in January, whereas The Times reported it as the summer.
What midfielders would have asked to leave?
Anderson and Wilfried Zaha are the two most likely candidates. Neither was able to get any meaningful game time before January and both were shipped off on loan in the January transfer window.
In reality, it could have been most midfielders but if Moyes did indeed tell two midfielders they could leave in January, why on earth would he do that when our squad was already overstretched?
Regardless of timings, it’s clear some players chose to bite the bullet and complain but it didn’t have the desired effect. There’s every chance that more than two players asked the same question too.