As if the recent results weren’t enough, Manchester United added another loss to what has been a very disappointing season under David Moyes’ management.
The Red Devils hosted Newcastle United to kick off a new Premier League matchday, and while they weren’t over-matched, they couldn’t play like they were used to and ended up losing by a 1-0 score.
The lone goal of the match was scored by French international Yohan Cabaye, who took advantage of a good cross from countryman Moussa Sissoko to put the ball in the back of the net. Despite the fact that Manchester pushed their lines forward constantly, they never had enough space to create some damage.
While it’s true that Robin van Persie scored and the goal was later disallowed, the issues Manchester has are starting to appear in every single match. The team looks lifeless in the middle of the pitch, the defense hasn’t been very solid, and while David De Gea isn’t conceding many goals, he can’t do it all on his own.
Offensively, Van Persie is miles away from last year’s form, and even though Wayne Rooney is still the best player on the team, he needs help and support from the rest of the squad. The lack of leadership both on and off the pitch shows that the team is going nowhere, and with the transfer window approaching in January, Manchester needs to do something if they want to have a comeback in the second half of the season.
It might be too late based on the standings, however, as Manchester is currently in ninth place with only 22 points, and they could end up lower once all matches are played this weekend.