Juan Mata delves into why David Moyes did not last at Manchester United


Spanish midfielder Juan Mata believes David Moyes had no luck at all at his time at Manchester United that lasted only 10 months after a disastrous season. The former Manchester United manager has taken up a new managerial role at the Real Sociedad in La Liga. This is Moyes’ first job after his terrible reign at United which was a record-breaking season, for all the wrong records must I add, in which they finished in the lowest position ever in the Barclays Premier League history, seventh. Moyes will take on Deportivo La Coruna on the Sunday 22nd November in his first match. In his press conference on Thursday he made a comment which would make many swear at him:

“I really hope my side will show personality. A lot of flexibility and attacking options. I am a fan of football. I want to entertain.

“But I also want to win, and in the end I care more about winning than anything else. The job here is to win.

It is safe to say that in his 10 month stint at Manchester United, not only did the guy set the club back by a number of years, he went away with a valuable lesson, which rings true in his comment. I would like to see him succeed, but many will have written him off before he was even named the new manager of Real Sociedad.

Moyes signed Juan Mata from Chelsea for £37.1 million in the January transfer window, which was his second signing for United and a club record at the time. The signing boosted the spirits of the clubs supporters, after they were all broken in the months running up to January. Mata, who is himself continually linked with an exit from the club by the media, not that there are any facts to corroborate this as the truth, spoke to Spanish radio station, Cadena Cope, reported by the Daily Star, saying:

“He is a coach who had no luck here [at Old Trafford].

“Obviously, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson is not easy. Not for him not for anyone.

“He was unlucky. He did not get the results we wanted and his spell ended sooner than expected.”

Mata and Moyes only worked together for just over two months, but the Spaniard is thankful to the Scottish manager for bringing him to United, and I am sure the clubs supporters will be too. He was literally his best signing, but Marouane Fellaini is starting to show his worth at this moment in time, which is good for the team, considering the midfield has been a problem for many years, we now have a midfield that can contend with the clubs rivals, but the problem seems to have been passed onto the defence. Mata continued by saying:

“I was with him just a few months but of course I will always be grateful to him because he played a key role in my move to United.

“He was the one who called me, who received me and who gave me the confidence to come here.”


Moyes spent eleven years at Everton before replacing Sir Alex Ferguson on the 1st July 2013. Although he did not win anything with the Toffees, he did an excellent job on a budget, something that he should be proud of. That Everton side he effectively built is the mainframe of Roberto Martinez’s side, so Moyes can take credit for what he has done to assist the new manager. Mata feels that Moyes has what it take to turn Real Sociedad around. They are currently fifteenth place in La Liga and have won twice this season; their first win was over Real Madrid. Mata concluded by saying:

“My experience with him is very good. He did a very good job at Everton. He works hard and prepares really well for the games.

“I wish him the best at Real Sociedad. I have great friends like [former QPR and Real Madrid midfielder] Esteban Granero there and I also want the best for him. I hope he does well.

“Real Sociedad is a club with lots of history and a great stadium and San Sebastian is a place where you can live really well.

“They have a great team, especially good attacking players and hopefully will do great. I think he can settle well and can get things right.”

Mata has faith in Moyes, that is something many Manchester United supporters lost last season. Some did not have any faith at all, some lost their early into the season, others pretty late into the season, but seeing United lost to Liverpool and Manchester City in a short space of time was probably enough for anyone. Then losing to Everton, that was the icing on the cake for many.

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