Now Erik ten Hag's feet are firmly under the Manchester United desk, he may do well to heed Peter Schmeichel's comments that any Red Devils manager cannot insist on being "the coach" at the club.
Ten Hag is the fifth permanent manager to take over the Old Trafford hot-seat since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in 2013. The former Ajax boss has gripped the reins after a tumultuous season that saw United register a meek sixth placed finish, in spite of the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
But while the former Ajax boss will likely analyse the mistakes made by predecessors such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick, and Jose Mourinho, Schmeichel has previously outlined the drastic mistake Moyes made shortly after taking over from Ferguson. And that huge error was his insistence on leading all coaching sessions, according to the five-time Premier League winner.
"He came in and he wanted to be the coach for instance and as the manager of Manchester United, you do not have time to be the coach," Schmeichel said to the Seaman Says podcast in October 2021. "I know that's what he wants, and I respect and appreciate that, but when you are the Manchester United manager you need to spend your time wisely.
"You need to know everything, about every player, everywhere at Carrington, every day. You have got to have a finger, an eye, and an ear everywhere, and understand everybody's situation at any given time.
"That is the art of being Manchester United manager. You have got to develop for what is going to happen in seven years and you also need to keep an eye on what is going to happen in seven hours.
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"So you can't spend time preparing for training and doing training, then at the same time go and watch the other teams play, you just can't do that. I think that is where he went a little bit wrong. That meant that so many other things were not happening."
Eight years after Moyes was relieved of his services with United seventh in the league table and four games to go in April 2014, United still find themselves trapped in a rut that Ten Hag must relieve them from. But while Schmeichel did highlight the many areas Moyes didn't quite get right, he did also state fortune wasn't on the Scotsman's side at Old Trafford.
"I also think he was incredibly unlucky," Schmeichel added. "David Gill left at the same time as Sir Alex, and the two of them had been running the club for a long long time between them. David Gill had so much experience, he could have been someone to advise him [Moyes] and put an arm around him."
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