David Moyes’ ill-fated reign at Manchester United barely lasted ten months, and former star Patrice Evra opened up on the time he asked Sir Alex Ferguson to lend a hand
The current West Ham manager was essentially appointed by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, as the man to fill his vast shoes after he retired from managing the club.
Unfortunately, his reign at Old Trafford only lasted ten months, as Moyes was sacked with the side floundering outside the Champions League places.
The Frenchman claimed an incident at Australia’s famed Bondi Beach, in which the club were swamped by over-enthusiastic admirers, after Moyes insisted on training at the picturesque location during the pre-season.
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“David suggested that we should do some stretching on Bondi Beach near the hotel. United’s own security, who travelled with the team, suggested that it wasn’t the best idea because we’d instantly be recognised,” Evra remarked in his new book, via The Times.
“David just replied that he’d been to the beach with Everton and that there were no problems. “Yes, but you’re at Man United,” one of the security team pointed out.
“So we went to Bondi and started to stretch on the beach. Within five minutes, about 50 people started running towards us as word spread.
“Security, who were furious as the situation began to spiral out of control, tried to stop fans who were barging right into the session, but they had no chance — Man United were training right in front of people in a public place.
“Mounted police arrived to restore some order. It was a shambles and we had to leave for everyone’s safety.”
This unforeseen incident which completely personified Moyes’ lack of experience at the elite level of the English game, foreshadowed the trouble he went on to endure at Old Trafford.
Results, dressing room incidents, and a series of poor performances went on to blight his United reign, less than a season after they won their 20th League title.
And Evra revealed he once decided enough was enough, and therefore proceeded to reach out to Ferguson and ask him to provide Moyes with some words of wisdom.
“As the situation deteriorated, I decided to text Ferguson to see if I could talk to him at his home,” said Evra.
“Cathy Ferguson made me a nice cup of tea. ‘Boss, you have to help David,’ I told Ferguson.
“Patrice, I appreciate your concern and I’ll try and speak to him, but I’ve given him the biggest chance of his life and I think it’s fair that I keep a distance and let him do his job.”
Moyes is not the only manager who has struggled to acclimatise at Old Trafford, as Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all went on to be sacked by the club.
And current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now experiencing the United pressure at its full force.
They suffered a catastrophic 5-0 defeat at home to fierce rivals Liverpool, and a plethora of reports have claimed unrest is beginning to bubble over at Old Trafford.