Questions must now begin to be seriously asked of David Moyes‘ role as Manchester United‘s manager, as they failed to beat yet another side at home who they should have comfortably defeated. This time it was Fulham, 2-2.
After nearly three decades of leadership under one manager at a football club, you can expect turbulence and difficulty during the transition when the next man finally comes in. Therefore, you accept that the first season is going to not be as smooth as it usually is; you give room for a bit of error to the new man, Moyes.
However, it’s been going on for quite some time now and even with the addition of £37m midfielder Juan Mata, United is looking woeful compared to recent years, but more importantly, they are slipping up in fixtures they would usually dominate. A huge factor though is that United fans no longer see any hope in Moyes. In this moment in time, it almost feels inevitable that he will leave United having failed to achieve success.
United’s target is now fourth place, the Champions League spots. But with the gap to Liverpool now at nine points at both Tottenham and Everton looking stronger than United, where is the optimism?
Too many times United fans have heard Moyes say United played well, but were unlucky. You make your own luck in football — you make clear chances and finish them. You make enough clear chances so that you beat the other team if the fortune of the day goes against you. It’s now becoming frequent that United is having these bad days, and that is why Moyes’ position at the club needs to be questioned.
I have no doubt that he will finish the season as United’s boss, but work has to be done to improve what is going on. The tactics are bizarre. The creativity and power of recent United success has been replaced by wing play that is as Fulham boss Rene Mulensteen stated “easy to defend.” United made 82 crosses against Fulham. That’s a incredible stat, but it just shows how one dimensional they have become.
It’s no use that United fans of the 80’s and 70’s are reminding the young generation that there were darker days, as that won’t turn Moyes and United’s bad form into a title winning machine. United fans have been patient with Moyes so far, booing has been a minority, and support for Moyes has been surprisingly enthusiastic. But it seems the tide is turning — United fans see their season slipping, their quality of football slipping, and their hope slipping.
Moyes obviously would be better suited to a squad with some new, fresh, world class players, but this squad is more than good enough to finish higher than 7th in the Premier League. They won it last year — with or without Sir Alex Ferguson that shows that they have real talent.
They’re throwing away leads, they’re failing to dominate but worryingly, they are losing all confidence and quality of football, fast.