Time’s ticking, mate
The most depressing thing about the 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool is the predictability of it all. Closely followed in second place with the knowledge that the attacking prowess the Scousers showed is exactly how Manchester United used to play… last season.
Losing at home isn’t something United fans are used to. And to go down without so much as having a swing at their opponent is unforgivable. Rafael might’ve been sent off for a few mindless actions, but he demonstrated more passion than any of his team-mates who just went through the motions on the way to another poor performance.
Rooney phoned in another performance, van Persie still doesn’t look right, Fellaini hassled, but was ultimately out played, Carrick was anonymous and Juan Mata cut a forlorn figure again, as he was asked to play from the right wing. There was no pace to counter-attack. No creativity to unlock a rigid defence. And no sense of urgency from the front two. It’s not good enough.
How long will this go on?
Speculation is all we have to work with as fans, but there’s plenty of evidence on the pitch to suggest things aren’t right. Our money is on a player revolt against Moyes and the coaching staff.
Outbursts on social media are the norm amongst players this season. Rio, Zaha, Hernandez and Anderson have all voiced their sadness this term. van Persie has even been quoted in the media saying he’s upset at
Rooney players getting in his way. Despite the recent interview suggesting otherwise, the Dutchman looks a shadow of his goalscoring self from last season.
If we didn’t know better, the likes of Rooney and RvP are playing this poorly to get Moyes and the rest turfed out of Old Trafford. If so, that’s an utter disgrace. But at the same time, the man who Sir Alex hand-picked for the role is a growing concern.
Let’s be blunt: Moyes is out of his depth. He seems like a good man, but he’s been in awe of the chance to manage Manchester United ever since his first press conference and this hasn’t changed. Folk compare this situation with when Fergie was almost sacked, but let’s remember Sir Alex broke up the Old Firm’s dominance of the Scottish league with Aberdeen as he won the title, plus he grabbed the European Cup Winner’s Cup with a win over Real Madrid. Moyes doesn’t have any silverware, and though we’ve been staunch supporters in him, recent weeks have proved that he’s not the right man for Manchester United.
We’re not saying anything here that you haven’t heard before. There are plenty of Moyes Out campaigns doing the rounds, but we’re not as tactless as to to give the man dog’s abuse and call for his head. However, some things weren’t meant to be and his United tenure is one of them.
Talk of transfer war chests, needing to ‘build his own team’ and hopeful wishes that it will change in the summer don’t hold up when you consider that his management has lead to a shocking demise of the club. There’s no roadmap to success. No clue as to what his tactics are or how adaptable he can be with substitutions. Instead, a group of players in red shirts are sent out on a pitch while the manager seemingly crosses his fingers and hopes for the best.
It’s undeniable that transfers are needed to strengthen, but what happens if the manager still can’t fire up his charges and have them playing fluid football? You’re back to square one. And that means turfing him when it’s too late and you have a load of players in place that a new manager might not want. It’s a conundrum, sure, but it has to be one that United’s board are considering right now.
The transitional period excuse falls flat when you consider that Chelsea and Bayern Munich have improved under Mourinho and Guardiola, respectively. Both winners, both self-assured about what they can bring to a club and fear no-one.
"Liverpool come here as favourites" said Moyes pre-game and it’s this sort of loser attitude that lands clubs in mid-table. If he’s saying this to the press, how on Earth is he supposed to get the players in the mood to beat their rivals?
We’re now in rant territory, so it’s time to step back a little.
David Moyes is by no means a poor manager, but he’s not cut out for this job at Manchester United. He hasn’t got the stones to deal with big name players, and unfortunately, he needs these type of divas if he’s going to succeed and win silverware. They’re not playing for him, for one reason or another, and that’s bad form from them, but you can’t turf out a full squad of dickheads just so the manager gets a bunch of yes men in.
The Champions League is Moyes last chance for silverware this season, but with quotes like ‘we need to make ourselves harder to beat’ rather than ‘we’ll get the result we need’ the air of inevitability is already swirling over Old Trafford.
It’s dangerous to plod on through a summer transfer window of spending when there’s little evidence to suggest that a plan is place for future success.