According to the Sun, David Moyes ignored pleas from old boss Sir Alex Ferguson about keeping the former manager’s backroom staff in position at Old Trafford. The new manager chose to bring in his own coaches, including Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods, and he decided to let the highly talented René Meulensteen leave; a huge mistake.
Rene has been credited with the development of many of United’s current first-team, and although many fans were calling for the Dutchman to stay, none could have predicted the opening set of results United have finished up with. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but imagine if we would’ve kept Rene? He could have helped David Moyes settle, and he would be someone who knows his way around the club.
Another coach who left was Eric Steele. The former goalkeeper-turned-coach has been credited with the success of David de Gea, who came to Manchester as a skinny young Spaniard who wasn’t used to the aerial threat of the English game. Steele made De Gea build muscle, strengthen, and also grow his confidence grow. In just two years David de Gea went from being a Premier League flop to a place in the Premier League Team of the Year, which is some improvement.
I’m sure David Moyes brought his own staff in so he could do things his way and to make him feel like he is in complete control. I also think that listening to Sir Alex Ferguson can only help Moyes, and using Fergie’s knowledge and experience at this stage should be a regular occurrence just whilst the new manager gets used to the job.
Obviously Manchester United fans will get behind Moyes, but it was disappointing when Meulensteen did leave the club as he was recognised as one of the worlds best.