Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes former manager David Moyes himself was responsible for his failure at Old Trafford, as he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson’s experienced backroom staff upon his arrival in 2013.
Ahead of Sunderland boss Moyes’ first return to Old Trafford since his sacking in April 2014, Robson has questioned the Scotsman’s decision to sack coaches Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele just months after Manchester United clinched the Premier League title under Ferguson.
Moyes saw his dream job last less than a year into a six-year contract before he was replaced by Louis van Gaal, and Robson believes the 53-year-old dug a hole for himself in Manchester.
“David was walking into the biggest job in the world and replacing the most successful manager in the world but he needed the right help,” Robson told The Sun.
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“For me, the biggest one is why he got rid of the backroom staff and brought in his own men — none of whom had won a thing as coaches.
“David made the decisions he thought were right. But staff members under Sir Alex — they are your base. They knew the squad inside out. They understood the heartbeat of the club.”
There was a popular notion that Moyes was left with an ageing and inferior team, but Robson differs: “There wasn’t that much wrong with the squad. They had just won the title by 11 points and I know Sir Alex was a genius but was he that much of one?
“Also, as I understand it, David had around £250 million to spend that summer. So if there was that much wrong and you have all that money, why not spend it? He did buy Marouane Fellaini and then he got Juan Mata but, really, they did not have an impact.”