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Moyes may be West Ham’s ‘Chosen One’ – but never ‘The One That Got Away’ for Man Utd


As the title suggests, it was bestowed upon him along with the job of Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.

Crucially Moyes was never the ‘Right One’ for United – and for all his impressive work at West Ham, it is difficult to argue that anything has changed.

Ed Woodward has not suddenly been proven wrong in his decision to end the Scot’s reign after just nine fraught months. But it is entirely possible to believe Moyes was never cut out for the biggest job in English football and at the same time accept he was given a bum deal at Old Trafford.

Yet his success at the London Stadium is also evidence of the folly of writing talented managers off too soon. It is not that Moyes was restricted in his opportunities post United – Real Sociedad, Sunderland and, twice, West Ham – but he has now found a club that fits with him in the manner that Everton did. In the right job, he can produce consistently winning teams and there is every reason to believe West Ham’s progress will not be fleeting.

Moyes once again looks like the manager that United believed was deserving of the chance to make the step up – even if their stellar list of candidates raises questions over the validity of his ‘Chosen One’ moniker. Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal were all determined to be unavailable before an approach was made to Moyes, who was told by Ferguson, himself, that he would be given the job.

Still, he was appointed in the belief he would be a success, as underlined by the six-year contract he was handed.

It is reasonable to assume the very length of that deal was the beginning of Moyes’ problems at United – along with the fact that Woodward, himself, had only just assumed the role of taking over the running of the club from chief executive David Gill.

Woodward was keen for United to flex their muscles in the transfer market in a manner they had not during Ferguson’s final years. It would have been impossible for Moyes – unaccustomed to such spending power – not to get caught up in Woodward’s grandiose list of transfer targets that included Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.


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