Last summer we witnessed the biggest change at the helm of a football club ever. Sir Alex Ferguson retired, as did David Gill – In stepped David Moyes and Ed Woodward, and so far they’ve given us no hope to believe that they can take this club forward and turn this abysmal season around.
Yesterday was one of the darkest days ever for every single United fan on the planet. Losing at home 3-0 to our biggest rivals Liverpool was bad enough, but the fact that the players didn’t seem interested was the worst part of it all. It seems as though David Moyes has begun to lose the dressing room, which could well be the start of the end for the 50-year old Scot.
You look at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, City under Pellegrini and Everton under Roberto Martinez. All these sides have progressed drastically under their new regimes, whereas David Moyes seems to be taking Manchester United backwards.
It pains me to say it but Liverpool have been the standout example of this. Under Kenny Dalglish they lacked ideas, but in the eighteen or so months that Rodgers has been in charge, he’s turned them into a side that plays expressive football, but more importantly a side that knows how to win football matches. Under Moyes our football has become boring to watch, and his tactics seem so one-dimensional and unimaginative its hard to understand how he managed to spend ten years at Everton.
I’m probably correct in saying that Moyes’ best performance at Old Trafford came when he brought his Everton side to the Theatre of Dreams and managed to earn themselves a 4-4 draw which eventually cost us the title. Since he’s been United boss we’ve managed to score just 18 goals at home, the same number as bottom of the league Fulham have scored at their home ground.
He even looks a beaten man when he faces the media. Before the game he suggested that Liverpool were coming to Old Trafford as favourites for the match. United. The biggest side in the country aren’t favourites on their own patch? We should always be favourites at Old Trafford whoever comes to town, this just highlights our meteoric collapse over the past nine months.
Yesterday we managed to have just ONE shot on target all game. We were outplayed throughout. Moyes got his tactics all wrong and Rodgers sadly got his tactics spot on. In fact we were lucky to only lose the game 3-0, because it could’ve and probably should’ve been five or six.
Whenever we’ve taken on a side above us in the table we’ve been out-performed in all but one game. City, Liverpool, Chelsea all beat us away from home, and Spurs, Everton and Liverpool have all embarrassed us at Old Trafford. Our only win against the big sides came against Arsenal earlier on in the year, and even that wasn’t the most convincing of victories.
Personally I fear that Moyes will get at least two years to turn things around, I just hope that by then it isn’t too late..
We’ve definitely gone backwards under David Moyes, and the squad we currently have certainly needs a lot of improving. This summer is one of the biggest in our history, and we simply have to get it right whoever is at the helm.