Regarding players coming and going...
It looks like Paul Scholes is going to retire again. He's one of my favorites and was incredible last season during the 2nd half after he came back. It's a shame he was injured for most of this year but man, what a great career! One of my favorites to watch...I would've loved to observe the way he moves on the pitch in person and controls play.
It was really and up and down year for Wayne Rooney. My gut feeling is that he is going to be sold but I have no idea where. That was before Moyes came in and I still feel the same way. One of my favorites and I am grateful for what he's done for the club but perhaps parting ways could work for both parties. He gets to move onto a new challenge and the club gains some nice compensation. Regardless of what happens, I'll cheer for him (unless he is playing vs. United).
I expect a ton of CR7 rumors to circulate but I'd be shocked if he ended back at Old Trafford. I do wonder if Moyes will try to bring in any of his Everton players? I've seen some analyst suggest he will try to bring Fellaini and/or Baines with him. No doubt that Baines is a great player and I'd love to have him but I don't see where he would fit. Evra had his best season in a while this past year and will be a key veteran to help the team transition. From what I've read and the little I saw, Fabio had a nice year out on loan to QPR and should get some time at left back for United next year. I hope he can turn into the player his twin brother has. Buttner is also good for those low priority games. Perhaps more importantly, I can't see Everton selling Baines. Fellaini is real intriguing and only has a £23M release clause. He'd be the perfect partner for Carrick and really help the United attack. I could very well see him following Moyes to United.
Baines would be Uniteds starting Left Back instantly he is already well ahead of Evra, and his set peice abillity just adds and even greater dimension to his game. Fabio couldnt even hold down a position for QPR this year, and they have been apalling all season long, Buttner needs another season , because he is still good for a couple of mistakes a game. Not sure Fellaini would have a place in Uniteds squad, they hardly ever resort to the long ball and use a target man, which is the game Fellaini thrives off of. His is not disciplined enough to sit as a CDM and he is not refined enough to play as a playmaker. If United were going to use him anywhere it would be sat just behind Van Persie or Hernandez.
If Rooney goes i would imagine Uniteds attention will turn to replacing him, and Fellaini would be much less of a need. If Moyes were to bring anyone from everton as a United fan i would want it to be Ross Barkley (IceOwl will be able to tell you a bit about him after this season ) he is going to be a fantastic player.
Does the coach in soccer matter all that much? Or is it kind of like the Yankees where so long as you have a manager that kind of know's what he's doing, the team will win?
A good manager is vital, man management skills are even more important than ever in modern football due to their rediculous lifestyles. Its probably the most important aspect of a lot of clubs, but latley the position has been treated with a fair amount of contempt by owners.
Depends how much money was put into the team I guess. If you have a team of world class players it makes it easier for a coach tactically but they need good man-management skills. A team with not much money obviously struggle to get amazing players so need a tactically incredible coach for the team to progress or at least be stable. As previously said in this thread, Everton have operated on a low budget for years but Moyes is a very good tactician and has managed to keep them a solid premiership side. Now he's leaving, we may see them slipping down the league a bit depending on who they bring in as a coach.
Agreed, its a real shame Moyes has left, another good season and they would be pushing Spurs and Arsenal for Fourth.