After another disappointing draw 1-1 against Southampton this Saturday, Manchester United are now eight points behind league leaders Arsenal. Manager David Moyes has taken over the most difficult job in club soccer and needs time to build his own team. Coming after the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy and some United fans seem to have forgotten that.
When David Moyes was appointed to Manchester United, he made it very clear that he intended to build his own team with his own ideas rather that continuing with Ferguson’s ideas. Ferguson’s two assistants Renee Meulensteen and Mike Phelan and goalkeeper coach Eric Steele were all released by Moyes who came in with his own staff including United former United player Phil Neville who also played under Moyes at Everton for eight years. If you add the departure of the former chief executive David Gill to all the changes that took place this summer, it is easy to understand how difficult David Moyes’ job is. Rather than an evolution, it is a revolution that happened at Manchester United this summer.
Moyes and Ferguson have similarities in their management style but use different training methods. Earlier this month, striker Wayne Rooney said, “honestly, the training has been so hard. We’ve done a lot of different types of training, a lot more longer running, quicker running, sharper running. That’s really benefited me. I feel as fit as I ever have done.” Even though Rooney seem to have adapted well to Moyes’ methods, it is not surprising to see players taking time to get used to such changes in their daily training. Some players like Robin Van Persie are having a hard time adapting to Moyes’ style. The Dutchman is reportedly not happy with the emphasis put on running and endurance by Moyes’ coaching staff compared to Ferguson’s staff.
David Moyes has taken over a very difficult job and will need time to take Manchester United back to the top of the table. He has already started shaping his team according to his own beliefs and his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, who is still present at the club, would immensely help him if he could take a step back and let United live in the present rather than in the past.