Seventh in the Premier League and out of the FA Cup, Manchester United have suffered their third defeat in 2014 in as many outings this Tuesday in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Sunderland. Manager David Moyes was once again heavily criticized, but the former Everton manager isn’t the only responsible of this situation. Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, who is arguably the most successful football manager, was always going to be difficult and the Manchester United fans must give time to Moyes to bring the club back to winning ways.
David Moyes inherited the most difficult job in football last summer. After 27 successful years, Ferguson retired leaving him with a squad that won the Premier League, but with many key players aging. Rio Ferdinand (35 years old), Nemanja Vidic (32), Patrice Evra (32) and Michael Carrick (32) are not world class players anymore and should have been replaced last summer.
Manchester United absolutely needed to strengthen their squad in the summer transfer window, but the club’s new vice-chairman Ed Woodward, the man now in charge of negotiating transfers at Old Trafford following the departure of Chief Executive David Gill, failed to land all the players Moyes had targeted. Marouane Fellaini was signed on deadline day from Everton, but the Belgian international arrived only because Woodward failed to land Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.
Moyes detractors will point out the fact that United won the title last season by 11 points, but the Premier League last season wasn’t nearly as competitive as it is this season. Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham have all strengthen their squad and even with Ferguson still at the helm United would have struggled with their current squad.
Manchester United fans have to understand that their club is in transition and has undergone many changes last summer. In addition to Ferguson, Rene Meulesteen (first team coach), Mike Phelan (assistant coach), Eric Steele (goalkeeper coach) and Gill all left Old Trafford last summer. With so many changes at once, Moyes needs time to ensure a successful transition.
The former Everton manager has actually done better than Ferguson in his first six months in charge. In his first 31 games, the former United boss managed only 12 wins, 10 draws and nine losses while Moyes has recorded 18 wins, six draws and seven losses. If Ferguson was so successful , it is also because he was given time to build his own team despite a difficult start.
Ferguson was a great manager, but he made a lot more mistakes in signing players than most people think. Alexander Buttner, Anderson, Fabio, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley are all good Premier League players, but not Manchester United- caliber players. Unfortunately for Moyes, he has too many players in his squad that shouldn’t be playing for United.
David Moyes is under immense pressure after Manchester United’s difficult start of the season. The Scottish manager has surely made some mistakes since he arrived at Old Trafford, but he’s not the only responsible of the club’s current situation. As Sir Alex Ferguson asked them to do, Manchester United fans must be patient and stand by their new manager to help him bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.