Please Make The Moyes Pain Stop, Now!
A two nil defeat only added to an already miserable season for Manchester United and David Moyes as Roberto Martinez’ men played them off the park. Defeat at Goodison Park means that United have now taken just six points from the teams above them this season, an appalling return from a team that won the league last year.
The opening goal came midway through the first half when Lukaku’s shot was stopped by Phil Jones’ arm and Mark Clattenburg correctly awarded the penalty kick. Baines made no mistake with the conversion but the goal was made all the more frustrating by the fact that De Gea probably would have saved the Belgian’s initial effort. Down at the other end, United’s midfield failed to turn their possession into any meaningful attempt on goal.
Moyes’ misery was added to on the stroke of half time when a through ball released Mirallas who calmly fired the ball into the far corner of the goal. If United’s heads had been struggling to stay afloat before the second goal, they certainly began to sink after it and as they emerged for the second half, it looked like they had already resigned themselves to another defeat.
The introduction of Chicharito and Valencia came on the hour, with the Mexican looking brighter than anyone else on the pitch, but it proved fruitless. Mata and Kagawa were bereft of ideas as they stalled and stuttered on the edge of the box. Carrick and Rooney both struggled to assert their personality on the game, and Fletcher was used mainly to steady the ship.
Kagawa departed for the apparently disgruntled Danny Welbeck Welbeck with 15 minutes remaining but it was too little, too late. The pace offered by the born and bred Mancunian was much-needed but he struggled to influence the game late on.
Chants of ‘Moyesy, whats the score?’ taunted the United manager, as the home fans revelled in their success, and the Scot looked totally drained both physically and mentally as he retreated to the dressing room.
Looking ahead, Moyes has four games left this season and must somehow assert some level of fighting spirit into his team if he wants to stand any chance of keeping his job past the summer.
We were urged by Sir Alex to give Moyes time but his legacy is now in tatters, the club is in disarray. The manager now seems disillusioned and whilst the clubs social media accounts roll out a continuous stream of propaganda to retain support, the fan’s faith is dwindling. All creativity and spark has been drained from the team, with no sign of it reigniting.
He has wiped all dignity from Old Trafford, drained the passion from the fans and repeatedly brought the club into disarray. Just today, reports have lined Danny Welbeck with a move away from the club. This is a boy who is living the dream. Born and raised a red, he has come through the ranks to become a fan favorite. This could well and truly be the final straw. To alienate the fans is one thing, the players another.
I can only dream that next May, Jurgen Klopp heads a 21st title challenge. I wanted Moyes to do well, but he is clueless, stubborn, and ignorant. Driving out club legends like Rio and Giggs has not been warmly welcomed. The club has slipped from its perch, and it needs to be saved before it is too late.