At 8.30 am on this day, Tuesday the 22nd of April, Manchester United sacked David Moyes after less than ten months in charge at the club. Rumours had been circulating since yesterday afternoon, but many thought even after Manchester United’s poor season, the Old Trafford hierarchy had faith in Moyes, evidently not.
David Moyes broke many records at Manchester United, but not the sort he would have hoped. They suffered three defeats in a row, the first time that happened since 2001, they lost their first ever game to Swansea at home, whilst losing to Newcastle and West Brom for the first time in over 35 years at Old Trafford. They are now guaranteed to finish the season with their lowest ever Premier League points tally.
It was also the first time they lost home and away to both Man City and Liverpool since the Premier Leagues inception, two of their fiercest rivals. It was the big games that have cost Moyes his job with the red devils. Besides steady performances in the Champions League, Manchester United were undone by the better teams in the league. Heavy and costly defeats meant that their only win against teams above them came against Arsenal at home back in November, other than that, they have been unconvincing.
But what was it that went wrong? Obviously Moyes was not well enough prepared, and a lack of top level experience has cost him in the big games, but for me, the players must take the majority of the responsibility. Practically all of the players have looked inadequate, and have not shown the same levels of grit, skill and determination that was so successful under Sir Alex Ferguson. The squad never looked like they wanted to win for David Moyes, they looked lacklustre and sloppy, as if the excuse of Ferguson leaving, gave them a chance to take their feet off the gas.
The signings have not made an impact. Fellaini has been abysmal and Mata has not reached the heights of his first two years at Chelsea. They both appeared to be panic buys, as no one else ever looked like coming in. He didn’t buy well enough and he didn’t improve the squad, he inherited the Premier League champions, but no one could have predicted the downfall that followed.
The club captain, Nemanja Vidic announced that he would be swapping England for Italy. Inter Milan stated in March that the Serbian would join them on a free transfer at the end of the season. This will have impacted the team, as the imminent departure of a leader of men is never good news, but Vidic’s performances haven’t exactly been up to par this season. Along with the rest of the defence, they have looked open and weak, and the new man needs to invest in an entire back four. Ferdinand and Evra look to be joining Vidic through the exit door, and Jones and Smalling are a few years yet from consolidating themselves as ever presence’s.
There were only two major positives to take from this season for Manchester United, which is the addition of Adnan Januzaj to the first team, and tying Wayne Rooney down for the near future. Without Rooney, Man United will never reach the heights of yesteryear. Now, he needs to be made club captain, and the entire team needs to be moulded around him.
The Glazers obviously did not trust David Moyes with a huge transfer budget, and who can blame them? Instead they have taken the decision to relieve him of his duties. Now the search begins for the next manager, and Manchester United have to make the right decision. Surely it is between Klopp and Van Gaal, either way a lot rides on this decision, and a repeat could see the end of Manchester United’s hold over English football for a while at least.
David Moyes will not be out of a job for long, Manchester United was a step too far, but he is still one of the best British managers in the game and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was in the running for the Tottenham Job!
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