David Moyes will be avoiding Man Utd chief Ed Woodward on Old Trafford return

David Moyes will be keeping his distance from the Manchester United directors tomorrow night when West Ham host his former club.

And his reluctance to break bread with the likes of Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold will have nothing to do with Covid-19 restrictions either.

Moyes still hasn't forgiven United for the manner in which they sacked him in 2014 after just 10 months in charge. He probably never will, so Woodward need not expect a Christmas card from his former employee.

Despite becoming the 'Chosen One' after being hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson himself, Moyes became engulfed by the monster that is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Moyes trousered compensation of £5.2m, but it was the time to prove himself he wanted back then, not hollow cash.

Executive vice chairman Woodward wasn't prepared to be patient, however and pulled the rug from under the Scot's feet to leave him face down in the dirt, with his reputation in tatters and self-confidence shot to pieces.

The damage was huge and, to put it bluntly, Moyes grew to despise Woodward for leaving him vulnerable and exposed to the brutal demands of a sport in which sympathy and solace are hard to find.

Football continued to chew Moyes up and spit him out. He lasted less than 12 months at Real Sociedad, resigned from Sunderland in 2017 following relegation to the Championship and survived less than one season at West Ham when club bosses refused to extend his contract.

But Glaswegians like him tend to be made of stern stuff. When it came to the Hammers, Moyes proved he was willing to forgive and forget by accepting a return to the London club 12 months ago to finish the job he'd once started.

They saying goes that you 'should never go back', but what a job Moyes is doing at the London Stadium at the second time of asking.

He's had to contend with the relentless apathy shown to his bosses from fans, co-owner David Sullivan bleating on about being depressed and a summer transfer window that at one stage had seen the Hammers sign just one player and sell rising star Grady Diangana to West Brom. To cap it all, Moyes also got Coronavirus!

Yet Moyes viewed the problems as a challenge and met them head on. He took control of recruitment and imposed himself behind the scenes on all aspects of the running of the club. The results have been startling.

The Hammers have climbed to fifth in the table following an impressive run of just one defeat in seven games. Moyes has made some intelligent signings and is getting the maximum from the talent at his disposal.

Who knows where this will take them, but for the time being Moyes can welcome United to his place this weekend with a wry smile on his face. He is above them in the table and now looking down on a club that once treated him with a shameful lack of respect.

He's emerged from the wilderness to complete his rehabilitation at one of the unlikeliest of places. It is testament to his fortitude and he deserves huge credit. Few should begrudge him success.

Tyson Fury shouldn't be the only nomination to be removed from the BBC's 'Sports Personality of the Year' shortlist.

All six of them should be – because the ceremonial event to celebrate the best achievements of the sporting year shouldn't even be taking place.

It feels inappropriate and distasteful to see people donning dinner suits, dickie bows and ball gowns to dish out gongs to those who have excelled in their sporting fields.

There is a clear favourite to win in the shape of F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and yes, his achievements while putting his life on the line remain remarkable and brave.

But what about those NHS workers who have done the same thing on a daily basis in 2020 to save lives amid the pandemic? Those same people who earn in a year what Hamilton does in an hour?

Hamilton might be a hero to millions, but he isn't the real hero here is he?

More than a thousand people continue to lose their lives each week to Covid-19, yet here we are discussing who should be awarded a special prize for driving a fast car, punching someone in the face or potting snooker balls.

Who cares? It doesn't matter. Like a lot of things have been this year, it should be cancelled out of respect to those more interested in surviving instead of celebrating.

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