Time to Resign; Why Moyes must do the decent thing.
The regularity of home humiliations in the Moyesian era is such that the temptation is to copy and paste articles in response to any of our previous six defeats. We have now lost more often at Old Trafford in the league this season than any other outcome. This won’t be news to you but it bears repeating. Seven home defeats is shameful. Only Cardiff City, Aston Villa and Fulham have surrendered the points in front of their home fans more often. This is the company we now keep.
Last night was unacceptable on every conceivable level. It would be a waste of time to dissect each shortcoming as the internet is awash with forensic post-mortems of how individually and collectively the team came up short. As I wrote yesterday, I feel less emotionally attached to this fixture than matches against Liverpool. I approached the match hoping to see signs of promise in ten key areas regardless of result. The damning indictment is that with the possible exception of Danny Welbeck justifying his place; every single question posed drew a negative response. Phil Jones was all at sea from the start, Rafael was a grenade waiting to go off, Mata was peripheral… I could go on. I won’t. There really is no need.
You can identify a myriad of problems with the players, coaching staff and decisions at the boardroom. Fans can pontificate on which players should arrive, depart or be promoted. Debate the culpability of Woodward, Ferguson and the Glazers in the malaise. Blame it all on Tufty’s precious flag. Yet all converstations amount to one sad but undeniable conclusion; whatever the solution is – it does not involve David Moyes. A reference was made by a jubilant Martin Tyler that David Moyes will be given time to stamp his identity on the side. He already has – Manchester United consistently look out of their depth, bereft of innovation and archaic in their approach. The same can be said of their manager.
It doesn’t have to be this way. One of the greatest qualities a person can have is being willing to recognise their mistakes and make peace with their limitations. Ferguson and the board need to recognise they made a mistake and rectify it. Alternatives abound whether Klopp, van Gaal or one of our own. They need to move now and act. A replacement can be lined up and prepared for the summer whilst Moyes finishes his one season adventure with a double mullering from Munich.
How this plays out depends greatly on Moyes; his demeanour betrays a man who doubts himself. I admire anyone who tackles a challenge greater than they have faced before but respect those who have the self-awareness to know when the challenge is beyond them. I have never wavered in my view that David Moyes is a decent man. By falling on his sword Moyes can maintain his dignity and rebuild his reputation at one of the many clubs who would benefit from his attributes. More importantly, it would allow Manchester United to move on and engage in a professional approach to appointing a qualified successor. A man who can be trusted to drag us out of this gutter and back amongst the stars where we belong. Seven home defeats and seventh position in the league represent incontrovertible evidence that the current incumbent is not that man.
Please David, do the right thing. Resign.