Has David Moyes Reached Must-Win Territory At Manchester United?
Manchester United manager David Moyes is preparing his club for what could be the most important fixture in his very short tenure so far as the Red Devils prepare to face Sunderland on Tuesday in the first leg of their League Cup Semi-Final tie. Losing is not something that they do in the red section of Manchester.
So far this season, Moyes has led the Red Devils to five losses in 16 home matches. In other words Manchester United has lost 31.25 percent of matches played at Old Trafford this season while the club is sitting in seventh place, 11 points off of the top spot.
Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson led the Red Devils for 27 seasons before retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season. In those years, he lost five or more matches at home just six times while he also had nine seasons where the club lost only one or less times during the season at Old Trafford.
Over the course of those 27 seasons, Manchester United only lost 76 matches at home out of a possible 725 or 10.48 percent. To say that Old Trafford was a fortress for Ferguson and United would be an understatement.
These numbers are across all competitions including English Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and European competitions such as Champions League, UEFA Cup or Europa League.
With all of the troubles going on at Manchester United as well, Moyes has stated that the club has no intention of bringing on any reinforcements during the January transfer window. Which will surely be the end for United’s bid to finish in the Champions League qualification places, a competition that United has been apart of for 18-consecutive seasons.
Another streak that is in danger for United is their streak of 22-consecutive seasons finishing in the top three of the Premier League.
The club is in desperate need of some new legs in the defense with stalwarts Patrice Evra (32), Rio Ferdinand (35) and Nemanja Vidic (32) all on the wrong side of 30. While two of the center midfield options Michael Carrick (32) and Ryan Giggs (40) are also past their prime.
The fact that Moyes is troubled with these players still being on the roster is not his fault by any means, but he will need to figure out some way to right the ship or he may not have another opportunity to do so.