David Moyes’ Six Year Contract Curse Coming To An End

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The six-year contract that David Moyes signed after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 will expire at the end of this month, Manchester United fans will be pleased to hear.

Moyes, who arrived at Old Trafford after managing Everton, was sacked before finishing his first season, but many believe the contract length continuing to run left a curse on the club, with the Red Devils yet to win the Premier League since 2013.

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Since the Scotsman’s sacking, Ryan Giggs (caretaker), Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær have taken the mantle at United, but competing for the big honours is still far from reality.

In fact, this summer, despite United being on the verge of completing the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, is arguably the least attractive the club has been in the transfer market, with no big marquee signings expected and both Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt and Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot reportedly turning the club down, whilst Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are pushing for exits.

Solskjær is aiming to follow through with a rebuild of the squad whilst the pull-power is at it’s lowest, including bringing in young, British talent that will be hungry to play for England’s biggest club now and in the future, rather than expensive short-term fixes. The signings of Daniel James and Wan-Bissaka highlight that. It is perhaps the first summer since becoming CEO that Ed Woodward has been persuaded to go against his usual marquee-signing approach and prioritise building a squad with potential rather than shirt-sellers.

Although the most logical reason for United being where they are is the shortfalls of the Glazer family and the board, for the fans’ sake, the idea of Moyes’ contract expiring ending the struggles suffered for six years is something to hang on to, even if it’s short-lived.

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