Much excitement surrounded us when Sir Alex Ferguson passed the torch over to David Moyes.
An era was over and a new one was about to begin. Some were sceptical towards Moyes, but in the end the man handpicked by Sir Alex himself was the logical choice. He has experience, he knows how to handle his players and the media and he knows a thing or two about football. When he took over at Everton, they were facing relegation. Since Moyes took over they’ve been well above top 10. At times, they have even been reaching for Europe. Moyes’ biggest triumph for me is making Everton the best team in Liverpool, finishing above their red rivals two seasons in a row. Moyes being Scottish is just a bonus.
When Sir Alex addressed Old Trafford for the last time as our manager the message was clear; your job now is to stand by your new manager. Simple words with a simple meaning, yet it seems that some aren’t able to comprehend the idea of Manchester United without Fergie. It seems to me that some weren’t even half-prepared for a time without him and that anyone coming in just wouldn’t be good enough. That’s exactly what some of our fans are putting David Moyes through right now. “He’s not good enough.” “He’s coming from Everton.” “He doesn’t know what it means to fight for titles and battle the big teams in Europe.” The latter two of these claims are true. Moyes comes from Everton, and he hasn’t battled big teams in Europe or regularly fought for titles. The first claim that he’s not good enough is yet to be seen, but I do have a good feeling about him.
I used to love the transfer windows. I always tried to keep updated through newspapers and text-TV. Then the internet came and revolutionised the fans’ insight. The latest news were right there, fresh as they come. Rumours were given more space. Who are we linked with? Is there any truth to it? A player has been seen boarding an airplane. It was brilliant and I loved it. Then in the fall of 2011 I made a choice that turned all of this upside down. I joined Twitter. At first I just followed celebrities and United related pages. Then I got to know people on there. People with an undying love for United, well willing to discuss everything United. I was enjoying myself. The latest news regarding the club I love and people to discuss it with, right there on one page. All was going really well until the summer of 2012. As the transfer market opened, the rumours intensified. Every day there were new rumours based on next to nothing. People made terribly unfunny jokes which were copied and re-tweeted everywhere. It was a never-ending race to bring the latest news first. It was my first transfer market on Twitter and I coped with it. Then we signed Van Persie and walked the league by a mile.
Will United fans be calmed by another big money transfer this summer?
This year however, I am growing more and more tired of Twitter. The transfer market this summer has been nothing more than horrendous. The rumours have been more intense than ever and we’re linked with new people every day. It started off with Thiago Alcantara. A decent little player from Barcelona, and all signs pointed towards us. Then he joined Bayern. Alright then, we thought. May God rain ill things over him for not choosing us. It’s not like people should be free to choose or anything. Fabregas was next in line. After reportedly 34 different bids, no one knows if we’ve given up or not. The people who were crying out for us to signFellaini after his performance against us last season are now threatening to commit suicide if we sign him. What’s Fellaini compared to the likes of Thiago and Fabregas? They are more exciting and would surely add more class to our midfield than this lanky Belgian with the weird afro. People who last season opposed to signing Fellaini just because he had a few good performances are now leaping to his defence. We need a bastard like him in our midfield. He’ll give us something Fabregas won’t; the physique and raw willpower to win the ball. Yes, let’s get Fellaini. No, we don’t need him, the others say and we’re off again.
Twitter used to be an enjoyable place where I’d get the latest news and discuss United with good people. Now it seems to have lost its purpose. Twitter has become a medium for venting frustration and telling other people that their opinions are stupid. Rooney is reported to want out and the fans don’t take kindly to it. They tweet him abuse on a daily basis and no one has received the C-bomb as much as he has this summer. To make their voices louder, his wife gets her fair share of abuse as well. That’ll show him not to mess with the United fans.
David Moyes has also been given his fair share of abuse on Twitter. Why? Well, we still haven’t signed anyone and we were pretty poor during pre-season. Moyes obviously doesn’t have a clue about how to run the biggest club in the world. If you wanted Moyes out before the season had even started, you should stop reading right now and go swim with piranhas. We were poor during pre-season because the established players don’t take it seriously. They can barely be arsed giving their best against Japan All-Stars and Singapore’s Finest. For them it’s about finding form, fitness and staying clear of injuries. The young players shone because they have something to prove. They give everything they’ve got because they know this could be their only chance to show what they’re made of. Lingard, Januzaj and Zaha were undoubtedly our best players during pre-season, but does this mean they should be sure starters when the real football begins? Of course not. When it matters, the established players are done playing around. They’ll up their game and give it their best, like they have for so many seasons already. Out of the three brilliant youngsters, only Zaha can expect to play more or less regularly. The others will have to keep working hard and maybe their time will come as well. Not too hard to understand, and not at all something to be an excuse for wanting Moyes out.
When it comes to the transfer market we’ll just have to wait and see. Maybe we’ll bring in a world class player. Maybe we’ll bring in a youngster, unheard of for all but the most die-hard Football Manager players. I stopped caring a few weeks ago. Twitter has driven me to the point where I frankly don’t give a damn whether or not we bring anyone in. I just want the real football to start and once again brighten up our lives as it has done so many times before. And if we don’t sign someone special, so be it. After all, we have the exact same team that walked the league last season. The convincing 1-4 result away against Swansea, a team which are known for being rock solid at home, shows that we’re not as deep in it as some would have it.
RVP and co made sure that Moyes got off to a good start in the Premier League
As for Moyes, I’m not expecting fireworks. He has never done anything remotely similar to running a club like Manchester United (Sorry, Everton). He doesn’t know how it feels to win the Champions League on penalties against Chelsea, nor how it feels lose it against Barcelona. He doesn’t know the weight of the Premier League trophy as it is lifted with both hands, nor the sweet taste of the champagne reserved for the champions of England. But he will learn. Give him time and he will learn. He is at one of the greatest clubs in the world and he has the greatest manager the world has ever seen for guidance. He will eventually find his way to do things and put his mark on the club. If we can’t allow a new manager time to settle, we are no better than the clubs we mock for sacking their manager halfway through a season.
I can’t quit Twitter. Earlier in the Summer I took off and said I’d be back come the Community Shield. I lasted less than a week. I’ve met good people on Twitter, some of which I might even call friends (not to be confused with a certain ‘family’). I still receive the latest news and I actually chuckle at some of the jokes posted. Still, all of this is secondary now. Venting frustration and flinging abuse at whoever would be stupid enough to have different opinions seems to be the new purpose for Twitter. I want to quit Twitter. God knows I want to. I long for the time when I had to find the latest news and decide for myself whether or not it could be true. But I can’t. The good barely outweighs the bad, but obviously, I’m still there. It’s a curse I can’t break.