Fans of Manchester United and the players surely have no confidence in manager David Moyes now as his team lost 2-0 to Olympiacos in the Champions League.
As it has been said time and time again this season, time is a must for a manager who replaces a man who has reigned with huge success for a quarter of a century at one club. However, it is evident that confidence in the manager is verging into an area of no return for Moyes and United. On Tuesday in their big European round of 16 first leg against the Greek side Olympiakos, United needed a positive result. Instead United not only failed to get that, but failed to show little signs of hope.
In the past when United have failed to live up to their high expectations, they have done so with a respectable style, with the opponent simply having too much quality. This was not that type of loss. This was an average side overpowering United all night long. There was no attacking positivity for the entire first half, and it wasn’t until they conceded a potentially tie-ending second that they gathered some urgency in search of an equalizer.
United’s playing style was woeful. A 4-4-2 formation in an away European tie is dangerous; that combined with a lack of movement, straight lines and wasteful passing was the downfall. It provides little hope. I can’t imagine the players have much confidence in Moyes as their boss for the future. They’ve been failing to perform for quite some time under his leadership, and when performances actually get progressively worse and worse, is there any chance of these players genuinely believing in him?
A negative attitude and a lack of creativity is clearly evident. Yes, there have been exceptions from time to time such as their win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, but the majority of the story has been the same: not good enough, not positive enough and simply lacking belief.
It seems the fans are turning that way as well, with social media showing that fans who have been behind Moyes in the past are now starting to lose hope in him as their man to lead the new era at Old Trafford.
Moyes will have to hope that the fresh start to next season, with the summer transfer window’s possibilities, will enable him to gather helpful pieces. However, he’ll have to keep the club strong and together until them as the tide is turning against him quickly.