Manchester United’s decision to sack David Moyes has actually sent the club backwards, according to former England winger Trevor Sinclair.
Moyes was the ‘Chosen One’, selected to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford when he retired in 2013, but he lasted only 10 months into a six-year contract before being sacked.
The Red Devils have since endured spells with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho as their manager, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the man currently struggling in the dugout.
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While Van Gaal guided United back into the Champions League after Moyes’ seventh place finish, and Mourinho won a treble in 2016/17, Sinclair suggests axing the Scot has not had a positive impact on the Red Devils.
“Manchester United would be in a better position if they stuck with David Moyes,” he told Jim White on talkSPORT.
“You look at his win percentage and the amount of money he had at his disposal, and the amount of time he was given, or lack of it – I think they would be in a better position.”
Moyes has struggled since leaving United, spending a poor year in charge of Real Sociedad and then getting Sunderland relegated from the Premier League.
His most recent job was as manager of West Ham, and he actually did fairly well in east London, securing the Hammers’ Premier League survival before leaving at the end of the 2017/18 season.
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He has recently been tipped to return to his former club Everton with Marco Silva, the club’s current boss, under intense pressure following a shaky start to the campaign.
Moyes was Toffees manager for slightly over 11 years before leaving for Old Trafford in 2013, and Sinclair believe he is the right man to replace the under-fire Silva.
“From a media stance or from a competitor playing against him, I always thought he had quite a hard exterior,” Sinclair continued.
“But after meeting him, he has evolved as a person. As managers you have to evolve.
“I’d love to see Moyes there, I really would.
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“I think he has evolved; I think he’s a much better manager than when he was last there.
“I’m not sure how the fans would react to that, because the exterior of him is a closed book and, yes, he is a bit harsh, but when you spend time with him he has evolved.
“I feel he would do an absolutely fantastic job.”