It’s achingly obvious, after three months of the season, that David Moyes isn’t progressing Manchester United. Compared to all the young, exciting coaches now managing in The Premier League Manchester United look as if they have a dinosaur at the helm – a decent guy but a manager from the old school without any real direction or conviction about what he is doing. And they are about to be left behind.
Manchester United fans will continue to sing their song about Moyes in the desperate hope that he can turn things around. But should Moyes be allowed to further worsen Manchester United’s plight by spending a huge part of the transfer kitty in January? Based on what you have seen so far, do you trust him with the cash?
The signing of Fellaini has been a nightmare. Moyes spent £30m on a player who would have been dominant ten years ago when technique was less of a priority. In the modern game, height and durability aren’t the be all and end all in midfield. The Premier League is now littered with midfielders who don’t give the ball away. And if you never cede possession you don’t need to be as big as an ox to get it back – simple.
Moyes had ample time to prepare his shopping list for Manchester United but ended up scrambling around for Fellaini on the last day of the window. Who is to say that he won’t buy similarly old-fashioned players again?
Some will argue that Moyes should be given time. After all Fergie got 3.5 years to stop the rot. But the obvious difference between the two is that while Fergie took charge of a bunch of party boys, who hadn’t won the league in two decades, Moyes has inherited a squad of serial winners – the current champions of England.
In terms of the current squad, it really isn’t so bad. Fergie managed to take them to the title last season, beating off the challenges of Chelsea and City. But David Moyes seems completely incapable of affecting his team from the sidelines.
The most worrying part is that he doesn’t appear to have a strategy except to simply hope for the best. Can you see a strategy in there? A style of play? Is the plan to make good players bad so that he can then make them good again?
Perhaps it’s already the time to reinstate Fergie for a while and start looking for a bright young coach with progressive ideas. Someone who gives you the impression that they have a strong strategy for the club and team.
Manchester United fans. Can you honestly see things improving under Moyes?
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