Paul Stretford is equally culpable there,of course.
Just to add. I think the Echo were complicit in the saga that unfolded. They had Newcastle as favourites to sign out of the two. Then Robson puts his bid in, which started the 'chase'.... this was the blag bid because he was sacked the following week... who gives an about to be sacked manager 23 mill to bid??
This then led to Man U upping the bid and getting their man... as if by magic.
The Echo, Everton and Rooney knew where he was heading before that initial bid. Then we had the misreading of the t shirt and then the battle of the valley because it stirred such strong emotions... seems an age ago now, but I still believe the Echo hid the story to protect Moyes/EFC from the fan pressure.
Overall, I think he did us a favour by going.. we got the petulant Rooney, bookings etc and lashing out. Utd got a player who grew at Utd... but, I agree with others. I don't think he became world class, still isn't.