Moyes makes first enemy in Spain

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David Moyes presided over his first match on Saturday since he was sacked as the manager of Manchester United and, during this maiden outing with Real Sociedad, earned himself a first enemy in Spanish football.

Moyes was able to inspire his new side to a rare clean sheet, their first in seven months, against fellow strugglers Deportivo La Coruna and, although the game was low on drama, there was still plenty of tension.

Things flared up between the two benches after Carlos Vela had spurned an opportunity to provide La Real with the advantage, with Zaragoza coach Roberto Cabellud directing an explosive diatribe at Moyes.

As Cabellud approached the former Manchester United manager, Moyes, with a wry smile, gestured that he ought to calm down, but his inability to put a lid on his emotions resulted in the Spaniard being sent to the stands by the referee.

It is unclear what made Cabellud so incensed, but his anger was not eased by Moyes having a chuckle at his expense. There was, however, to be no last laugh in this match for either side, with a goalless draw the outcome.

A point ensured Real Sociedad remained above Real Zaragoza on goal difference, and moved both marginally clear of La Liga’s relegation places.

Moyes will be desperate to make amends for his failure at Old Trafford, which he believes was prematurely brought to an end by the Manchester United hierarchy, and his managerial abilities will undergo an extreme test in the Basque region.