Manchester United‘s poor performances and results against ‘top’ teams under David Moyes is a serious problem.
Not only was their 2-1 home loss to Tottenham United’s sixth Premier League defeat of the season, but it was yet another fixture against a team in top eight that have stolen points from them.
From the games between the top eight sides, United has the worst record with just a mere one win. But the worrying statistic for United fans will be that they have lost five of them, with four coming at Old Trafford.
It was always an concern for United fans that Moyes had struggled to find wins against the title challengers during his decade at Everton, but to see this continue now at United — and at home — is a real problem.
You can comment on lack of quality all you like, but the facts are that United is only really finding points against those in the bottom half of the table. And that is simply not good enough. Moyes will and should be given time, but this lack of success against genuinely (with all respect) good teams is a real issue.
United has dropped more points at this point, New Year’s Day, than they did the entirety of last season. Moyes’ trademark at Everton was his side’s resilience. That comes over time, but United has been brushed aside too often this season.
With many away fixtures against the top eight still to come, things will surely not get much easier. United has scored just five goals in these eight games against the top eight. Moyes has to do something to turn this problem around and start beating the teams in the fight for the top four or United will be staring at their worst Premier League finish in history.