And now Tony Coton, who was once goalkeeping trainer at Old Trafford for a decade, has labelled the American a coward in his autobiography.
Titling one bankruptcy “Tim Coward”, Coton, who made 164 appearances for Manchester City, defined how Howard refused to take accountability for his mistakes.
“When Howard returned for preseason training he was a changed man – and not for the better,” stated Coton.
“He all at once began taking part in ‘larger’ when he was once between the sticks, transferring ahead in order that his handiest way to make a save was once to dam the ball.
“Rather than staying that little bit deeper in order that he had the way to make a catch or tip it away.
“Basically, he was once so traumatised by the considered making some other mistake that he was once taking part in it secure.”
Howard has represented the United States on 119 events, however within the 2004/05 season he discovered himself sharing goalkeeping tasks with Roy Carroll.
“It became clear to me that Tim now wanted to take all the decision-making out of his game just in case he chose the wrong option again,” Coton defined.
“That’s no longer how world-class goalkeepers carry out.
“We spent the following one year looking for a treatment for Howard’s neurosis, but it surely was once a painful and unsuccessful procedure.”
Everton swooped to signal the goalkeeper on mortgage, ahead of making the transfer everlasting in a £3million deal.
But Howard made it transparent in his personal guide that he held Coton accountable for his Manchester United occupation stalling.
Coton alternatively disregarded Howard’s accusations and took a swipe again on the Colorado Rapids participant.
“I don’t want come across as bitter, but in my view Howard told a pack of lies in his book in an attempt to make me look like a complete idiot,” persevered Coton.
“If he wants someone to blame for failing at Manchester United then he should take a long, hard look in the mirror.”