David Moyes, Fergie’s worst ever signing? Mar28


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David Moyes, Fergie’s worst ever signing?


It truly has been a baptism of fire for David Moyes in his first season in charge of Manchester United. Lying seventh in the premier league, questions have been asked as to whether or not Moyes is the right man to take United into a new period of success. Sunday was a new low for the Old Trafford faithful as they saw their bitter rivals Liverpool win 3-0 as yet again United underwhelmed. With the club set to miss out on Champions League football for the first time in over two decades this result leaves United now battling for a Europa League spot with Moyes’ former club Everton and a struggling Spurs side. United’s rapid decline has been staggering and much to the joy of opposing fans.

The champions’ fall from grace has been mostly blamed on David Moyes and if you were to ask him yourself who is responsible for United’s poor form this season Moyes would shoulder the responsibility. David Moyes does deserve to be criticized however he is not the only one at fault. The players must take a lot of the blame as well. United fans left Old Trafford on Sunday in dissbelief, not only in the performance but how little passion and effort the United players showed against their biggest rivals. The fans have given so much support and they’ve received little in return from the players. This has angered a lot of Manchester United fans so much so that their have been calls to drop star players like Robin van Persie. This does not take away from the fact that most United fans have lost faith in Moyes and if the rumours are to be believed, the board has also. Many fans questioned his appointment back in May saying that Moyes’ has never won anything before and he lacks a winner’s mentality. Another reason why many fans didn’t want Moyes in the first place is because of his football philosophy or lack of one. Moyes’ tactics at Everton were often criticized as he prefered to play long direct passes up to the target man opposed to patient, attractive football on which United pride themselves upon. When Ferguson announced he was retiring back in May most fans wanted Klopp who had just come of the back of guiding Dortmund to the Champions League final. Another name who was suggested was former Real Madrid manager and now Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho would guarantee success but many United fans were put off my him because of his tendency leave clubs after a few seasons. United were looking for a long term replacement and Ferguson didn’t believe Mourinho was the right man.

What can Moyes do to turn this around? With a likely exit from the Champions League looming as they trail Olympiacos 2-0 on aggregate in their last 16 tie, this season is effectively over for Manchester United. However Moyes must improve results between now and the end of the season to show United fans and the board that he may potentially be the right man for the job. Moyes must look towards the summer and strengthen what is widely considered to be the worst United team in twenty years. Summer signing Marouane Fellaini has yet to find his feet at Old Trafford much to the disappointment of United fans. January signing Juan Mata has been played out of position so Moyes must find a way of accommodating Mata into a system that not only gets the best out out him but the rest of his players as well. Central Midfield has been highlighted by United fans as the area most in need of strengthening. United teams of old have always had great midfielders. Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, and Bryan Robson all in their prime would be welcome additions to the squad but unfortunately this can not be. Recent rumours suggest that Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos is headed to Old Trafford in the summer. This would be an excellent signing but Kroos alone will not fix United’s problems. Kroos is more of a Scholes type player. Someone who rarely concedes possession and is often unlocking defences with his passing. United also need a player similar to Roy Keane, someone who’s going to lead by example, inspire the team, and who can win back possession of the ball. If only this type of player grew on trees.

With captain Nemanja Vidic leaving in the summer, the likely departure of left back Patrice Evra, and the almost certain retirement of center back Rio Ferdinand, United will be in need of a few defenders as well. United have young talent in the defence with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Jonny Evans but none have yet proven themselves to be Manchester United standard. United have some promising young players like David De Gea, Phil Jones, Nick Powell, and arguably one of the most talented teenagers in world football at the moment in Adnan Januzaj. All hope is not lost for Manchester United and David Moyes but results must improve along with the playing squad. Football is a crazy game, In twelve months time we could be looking back all the criticism Moyes has received and laugh but unfortunately football can also be cruel and ruthless.

Darren Twomey