The Dirty Dozen Who Need to Go
I think most would agree by now that David Moyes and Manchester United is not a marriage made in heaven. It’s an arranged matrimony, in which the partners have always appeared to be curiously miss-matched. One of those couples that people stare at in restaurants and question ‘how has he done that?!’ United are an underwear model, Moyes is a below-average looking man, who lacks social skills. Neither appears comfortable, and whilst one is eager to give it another try, the other is seemingly desperate to get away. Move on David. Find somebody at your own level who’ll love you back, and be happy. You’re batting way above your average, and United is looking around for more attractive suitors.
Plane Stupid Stunt Fails To Dampen Moyes’ Men
A hard fought victory and encouraging performance saw David Moyes respond to a week of criticism with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa. Given the week that has seen him face questions over both his future, and the commitment of the fans, it was an important result- especially amidst the chaotic and frankly stupid decision to hire a plane with the slogan “Wrong one, Moyes Out.” Moyes himself opted to take to the pitch a minute before the teams and the reception was admirable. All four corners of the stadium took to their feet to support the man currently trying to recover from a very challenging period.
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.
Moyes’ Got His Tactics All Wrong, Again!
Lead feet win no games.
Manchester City 3, Manchester United 0. David Moyes’ tactics, his squad selection, his training methods, his recent “defeatist” attitude in the press, and his inexperience at this level of the game can all be called into question after defeats like these.
Unconventional De Gea is one of Fergie’s Finest Signings
As Manchester United’s season has continued to darken, David De Gea has likewise continued to demonstrate that Sir Alex Ferguson got his last major goalkeeping decision right. It’s almost amusing that the last time I wrote about De Gea, it was under the topic of ‘rotation.’ It wasn’t all that long ago that Fergie still couldn’t decide between the young Spaniard and Anders Lindegaard. Sounds incredible today, doesn’t it? While Lindegaard is a serviceable deputy, even De Gea’s previously harshest critics have long since acknowledged his quality.
Enough is Enough- Tonight is Moyes’ Last Chance
United may well make their way trip onto the hallowed turf of Old Trafford to the accompaniment of the Champions League music tonight for the last time in a good few years. Under the guidance of David Moyes, the defending Premier League champions have fallen from grace to a lowly 7th position in the Premier League and look unlikely to even qualify for the Europa League next season.
Faith no more; Moyes must go.
When we were annihilated in our own home by City it was painful but I took comfort in the freakish nature of the result. Yes it was embarrassing, but bad days happen and we had shown frequently before that we had a good team and a great manager. We would suck it up and move on. As we did in 1996 when Phillipe Albert crowned a five goal demolition on Tyneside with an improbably delicious chip – even if it we had to endure a sobering lesson at The Dell in addition. Even when our most hated rivals ran riot five years ago climaxing in their captain reaching second base with a camera we knew not to worry – they could enjoy their moment but we were better.
Moyes’ Coaching Clearout: The Unforgivable Decision that Doomed Our Season
Following our tragic performance on the outskirts of Athens earlier this week – the unravelling of what now looks like an almost hallucinogenic European dream – the tide seems to be well and truly turning against Moyes.
He’s odds on as the next Premier League manager to lose his job, and it’s hard to see how he could possibly turn things round after draining the life from our team in such profound style.
A Broken Manchester United
Broken. That’s the one word that sums up Manchester United right now.
There’s a lot that’s broken. The fans’ faith for one. After Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace, there was a new sense of belief. Rooney had signed a new contract, scored a lovely goal and the team seemed to want to play football. That hope, that incredibly small glimmer of hope, was shattered into a thousand pieces last night when Gianluca Rocchi blew the final whistle in the Karaiskákis Stadium.
Many fans, myself included, saw last night as the point of no return for David Moyes. The team, sauntering around the pitch, failed to close down and challenge an Olympiakos side who, albeit incredibly good at home, should never have posed a threat to a team like Manchester United. The problem is, they did. Manchester United made Olympiakos feel like they were the team to be feared.
The last point has been one of the major issues all season, repeated over and over again by bloggers, journalists and pundits. The fear factor has disappeared. The only team, this season, who have seemed remotely scared of Manchester United were Leverkusen, and look what happened. The fans were blessed with a rare, exciting performance under David Moyes.
The defeats against Newcastle, West Brom, Everton and so forth exemplify this. Something needs to change.
I think I speak for the vast majority of supporters when I say that last night really hurt. Just like breaking a leg, watching your favoured team collapse in front of you is painful.
The players look like they have given up on their manager and last night felt like a message. The Champions League was the last straw for Manchester United fans to clutch at and Olympiakos got to it first to help them take their own victory sip. Even Van Persie, normally as relaxed as they come, vented a bit of frustration after the match, stating that other players were getting in his way and were hindering his game. Whether this was a dig at Moyes’ tactics or at his teammates, it’s not exactly clear, but it shows how low the morale is in Manchester United’s dressing room.
Sacking Moyes now seems like the easy way out. I wrote a piece after the Swansea defeat in the FA Cup on this very website asking for fans to stay behind David Moyes and support him whilst he is here, but I would be lying if I said that, since then, the thought of him leaving hadn’t crossed my mind.
Getting rid of Moyes before the West Brom game would certainly go against everything the club has said over the past year about giving the new manager time. The lack of eligible candidates to replace him is also a problem. Many have suggested Heynckes. Unfortunately, the former Borussia Mönchengladbach striker has retired from football after leaving on a high and would be foolish to taint such a perfect ending to a managerial career by helping Manchester United try and reach 5th in the Premier League.
The only realistic and eligible option is Hiddink, but with the club, barring a miracle in the return leg at Old Trafford, already on its way out of the Champions League, there is really nothing left for an interim manager to play for. Whether the club gets a Europa League spot or not is not something many Manchester United fans care about and, let’s be honest, it would probably hinder next season a fair bit.
If Moyes is to leave, the summer is the best time. The season will be over and other managers will be more willing to leave their current clubs and try and be the one to turn things around at one of the greatest football clubs in the world.
Moyes is not entirely to blame for this season’s failures (Elijah’s very good piece from a week or so ago analyses how problems at the club go a lot deeper than just the manager), but it does seem like the Scotsman has come in and become some sort of Wreck-It Ralph. The lack of Fix-It Felixes out there means that all we can do is hope that Moyes manages to end the season on a good vein of form and let the club analyse this season with plenty of time to make a level-headed decision in the summer.
They say patience is a virtue. Well, it seems now has come the time to become very virtuous.
United should Boycott the Europa League
In the 1972 Olympics a cold war grudge match was fought on the basketball court. An unbeaten USA team teeming with NBA stars faced off against the might of an experienced USSR side.
At the end of the game, in highly controversial circumstances, victory went to the Soviets. Now I know little to nothing about basketball so won’t try to explain the complex rulings that led to this situation, but I know this much, the USA refused to accept their silver medals. It’s the most high-profile refusal of an award I know of, and the lack of class and sportsmanship displayed was remarkable.