Few people - industry professionals or not - will be impressed with the way the PR was handled. Did anyone not know on Monday afternoon that David Moyes was for the chop? Anyone except, allegedly, David Moyes that is.
This has not been about David Moyes at all. His sad fate would have been the natural destiny of any inheritor of what was clearly a poisoned chalice, made more poisonous by the addition of that lethal factor of self-delusion. Because Manchester United have succeeded in convincing themselves that they are something special; the Biggest Club in the World.
Before Sunderland travelled to White Hart Lane on Monday, one commenter posed as absurd the fact that the two teams should both have former Tottenham players managing them but Spurs, undoubtedly the better of the two teams, should have the worse of the two.
I don't want to put a downer on Liverpool's success but they have played far fewer games than the other top teams. Liverpool fans seem to react very angrily when I mention this, but it's true!
As a Man United fan, the end to this inexorable Premier League season is as excruciating as root canal surgery. In many ways I'd prefer to be on a dentist's chair, mouth gaping.
Fans of Manchester United and the football community as a whole have reacted quickly to the Red Devils' newly found frailties after a brief period of uncertainty at the beginning of the season.
It seems incredibly harsh to place all of the blame on Moyes considering the state of the club when Ferguson departed, primarily in terms of their squad. Manchester United possess a wealth of talent, however, the main problem is that their young players are still not at the level required for Premier League glory and their more experienced men are past their peak.
The three-time European champions have just held this year's favourites to a draw at Old Trafford and there is time to have a look at the what we picked up during the 90 minutes.
Professional football in the 21st century is governed by money like never before. Clubs that have money have the tools that allow them to be successful, while those that are financially limited will usually quickly reach a ceiling in terms of what they can achieve.
Apart from his first couple of games, which included a Community Shield victory and a perfect start of the season away at Swansea, David Moyes has struggled ever since in his reign at United. And in hindsight of the two embarrassing losses against City and Liverpool, both by a 3-0 scoreline, a decision is, for me, inevitable. He must depart and here are nine reasons why.
Daniel Sturridge and George Boyd are only two examples of this ongoing problem and unless retro-active punishments are enforced consistently, the Premier League will continue to encounter these problems and teams will suffer at the hands of a weak judicial system.
Today, the Premier League's financial might is clear for all to see and one just has to take a look at Wayne Rooney's £300,000 per week contract or Chelsea's mammoth £50million transfer fee for Fernando Torres to see this. That being said, there is a huge disparity in the financial power of Premier League sides.
Entering the final quarter of the 2013/14 season, the Premier League's top four teams have broken away from the rest and are separated by just a few points at the top of the table. It is one of the closest title races in years and certainly the most widely contested...
The fact that there is probably some truth in what Sheedy suggests - that Moyes' tactics are a little direct and certainly not based on playing patient, passing football - is lost on me. His choice of timing is callous and unfortunately his PR plans lack the class he showed on the pitch during his playing career.
How do the two greats compare statistics-wise? Despite United had to replace arguably the greatest manager in history of British football and Liverp...