London - News of David Moyes' departure from Manchester United has drawn widespread reaction across the soccer fraternity, here is a sampling of the reaction to the 20-time English League champions' decision:
Carlo Ancellotti, Real Madrid coach:
"I feel sorry for David Moyes. But that is the life of a coach, when things don't go well they fire you ... It's surprising because it's not a habit of Manchester United to do things this way. At Man United, after so many years of Sir Alex, it's a little surprising."
Michael Owen, former Manchester United striker:
"Huge news at Old Trafford but with the summer looming and a huge transfer kitty available, United had to be 100% Moyes was the right man. Evidently they didn't have the confidence in him in which case makes the timing absolutely right.
Gary Neville, former Manchester United defender and captain:
"There is no disguising that the football this season has been poor, the results have been poor. As a fan I've not enjoyed watching it ... The performances have got worse and worse."
Dwight Yorke, former Manchester United striker:
"I know there's a lot of people speculating that they need somebody with big experience out there that has managed a club at the very top level but we are talking about a continuity, something like what Sir Alex Ferguson did . I think for togetherness and getting the results and playing a certain way, a brand of football that is more eye-catching, the Man United way, I feel that Ryan Giggs is the right person."
Bryan Robson, former Manchester United captain:
"I definitely think Ryan will be a manager. Whether he gets it full-time at a club like Manchester United is a big ask."