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United legend blasts club over Moyes sacking

CRITIC: Viv Anderson in action for Man United in 1989 (PA)

MANCHESTER UNITED great Viv Anderson has ripped into his old club over its handling of sacking manager David Moyes who was relieved of his duties last week.

The 57-year-old former right-back, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Old Trafford for £250,000 in 1987, claimed United “are not special any more” for how they wielded the axe following a day of rumours before Moyes was let go last Tuesday (Apr 22).

Anderson, the first black player to win a senior England cap, said: “This is what I've got to say about the sacking: Ridiculous! Totally ridiculous! And this is what I've got to say about the way it was done, with leaks to the Press before Moyes had been informed: Appalling! Utterly appalling!

“I think the Glazers reacted on impulse after the Everton defeat. It wasn't thought through - you can see that by the fact that no-one was lined up to take the job.

“I really thought they would stick with him and give him another season. But from a club that stuck by its decisions on appointments, even when the going got rough, they are now just as short-termish as most of the rest, with one or two honourable exceptions.”

Anderson added: “I was there, as Sir Alex's first signing, when the going was really rough. But they stuck by him, and look at their reward over 20 years.

“We know the modern game is driven by money. Getting rid of Moyes doesn't prove it, because no proof was necessary. But it brings it home to you and lets you know that even the club you thought was different, special, is as base as all the rest.”

Moyes was handed a six-year contract last summer as Ferguson’s replacement after being hand-picked by United's most successful manager, but after failing to guide United to a Champions League spot and win any silverware, the club sacked him after only 10 months in charge.

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