David Moyes‘ tenure at Manchester United was disappointing for most involved, but the Red Devils did make a few impressive strides while the Scotsman was in charge.
Moyes lasted just 10 months at Old Trafford after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Having been given perhaps the most difficult role in football, Moyes took over the reigning Premier League champions but was sacked with the club sat in seventh position.
His reign at the club ended with him being sacked and replaced by Ryan Giggs, who took over on a temporary basis.
Moyes was at the helm when John Murtough was hired by the club.
The club’s new football director initially joined United after being brought across from Everton by Moyes.
Murtough spent time in the academy, and was responsible for bringing Hannibal Mejbri through the ranks.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed he had become the club’s first football director, so it’s pretty clear Moyes made the right decision.
Convinced Rooney to stay
As soon as Moyes came to United, he was immediately tasked with trying to convince Wayne Rooney to stay at the club.
Chelsea were determined to sign him, and then-manager Jose Mourinho didn’t hide his desire to do a deal.
But Moyes was insistent that he should stay, and got him to sign a long-term contract.
While Rooney didn’t offer too much for the club long-term, he would have immediately strengthened United’s rivals for the next few years.
Gave club a reality check
United were always going to struggle after Ferguson left the club, regardless of who came in.
Few expected them to fall as hard as they did, but few also expected the sort of backroom changes which came as a result of Ferguson’s dismissal.
The point is often made that Moyes got rid of too many staff members at the club, but it could also be argued he was keeping the same system he had worked with at Everton – as most other managers coming from other clubs would have.
If anything, Moyes’ decision to rebuild the club was the factory reset the Red Devils were sleepwalking towards and needed in the wake of losing Ferguson.
Promoted Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford was given his first senior appearance under Louis Van Gaal, but it was Moyes who gave him his first chance.
Speaking to ESPN, the young striker revealed that Moyes brought him into first-team training along with a group of youngsters.
He said: “It was an amazing feeling. I remember the training session: We didn’t actually touch the ball. We were just doing shape and stuff like that. But then we go back to our own age group, and what you learned from that little 15 or 20 minutes is priceless as a young academy player.
“Those moments really do start to add up, and when you start training with them more regularly, you pick up more things, more things to learn from. That’s how you become a first-team player.”
While United have been trigger-happy in the transfer market in recent years, they were relatively quiet under Moyes.
The Red Devils signed Marouane Fellani for £27.5million, while Juan Mata signed for £40m in the January transfer window.
Both went on to become senior members of the first-team squad for the next few years at last, and served the club well.
Van Gaal and Mourinho, the two managers to follow Moyes, both used Mata and Fellani well, with the two playing a combined 444 games for United.