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Manchester United: Pride may come before a fall for Sir Alex


Fergie needs to be ruthless with Moyes

We believe that, at any other club in The Premier League, a manager under-performing as badly as David Moyes is at Manchester United would have been sacked – if not before Sunday’s disgraceful home draw, against bottom of the table Fulham, then immediately afterwards.

Does the loyalty shown to their beleaguered manager make Manchester United greater than the rest? Is it admirable that they are sticking with their man where most would have got rid?

It’s a decent argument – we all get annoyed by premature sackings in The Premier League. Perhaps Manchester United see something in Moyes that we don’t. Perhaps he is doing amazing work behind the scenes that is going unrewarded by the wider public.

But, we believe, that if David Moyes hadn’t been elected by Sir Alex Ferguson then the new man would be long gone by now.

We all know about Sir Alex’s fabled competitive streak – the man who couldn’t bear even to lose a game of tiddly winks – let alone be proven wrong in a decision as big as this.

But, Sir Alex Ferguson is big enough to admit that even he got it wrong on occasion, through his superb Manchester United career. For all the brilliant decisions and ingenious signings there were also the expensive mistakes like Veron and Berbatov. And the damaging team selections, such as that which saw Wayne Rooney benched in an eminently winnable tie against Real Madrid last season, where much of the hard work had already been done in the first leg.

We have always said that Sir Alex would never knowingly do anything to damage the club that he built from bungalow level. The idea, for example, that he would open a can of worms about Manchester United’s best player in his autobiography was, to us, inconceivable.

But perhaps it’s Fergie’s pride that is keeping David Moyes at Manchester United at a time where most would have said ‘enough is enough’. Sir Alex favoured Moyes and he clearly still has huge influence at Manchester United.

We think that a managerless Manchester United would have more points right now than they have with Moyes at the helm. In isolation, a home draw against Fulham is disappointing. But, in the context of 8 league defeats and two cup exits with less than 2/3 of the season gone, it is simply unacceptable for a club like Manchester United.

We can’t see any green shoots of improvement or hope for Manchester United under Moyes. He just doesn’t appear to be the visionary, inspiring and brilliant leader that the club needs right now.

Sir Alex Ferguson was a supreme manager of men and football tactician. We would love to know what’s going through his mind right now, with regards David Moyes, with the team almost unrecognisable from last season despite having the same cast plus £60m worth of new talent.

Something has to give.

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  1. Vincent

    Feb 11, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I wonder what people are crying about i hv stopped watching manutd as long as that idiot david moyes is manager i dont want to suffer a heart attack he is not just destroying manutd fc but football generally moron

  2. Utdfan

    Feb 11, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Welllll………if you MUST know what Fergie is thinking right now; He is thinking how GOOD his book sales will perform given the fact that Moyes is on a weekly basis making him look GOD Like cause the failures of Moyes makes Fergie look even Better. That’s why Fergie will continue to ensure Moyes stays in the Job……..The only sad this is that it confirms what Morons the Glazers are by allowing the Club to plummet in such a horrific fashion and NOT do anything about it.

    Even other Clubs like WBA, Tottenham, Cardiff have taken prompt actions to show that management wise they are on top of the situation.

  3. neil

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I thought I would give moyes a chance at the start but after the transfer deadline drama i knew we chose wrong. Which players actually wanted to play for moyes? One. Fellaini?bad signing cost more than his clause. Moyes’s fault. Fellaini will get better. But he screwed it up. He should never have been even considered for the man u post. Even mourinho felt sorry for us. Moyes should be sacked. For our club your performance is unacceptable. Get out. Fergie say sorry and get a man in whi can attract talent. Jurgen klopp I will pay. Your air fare to get here. I love man united with all my heart and you will too.

  4. Tactless_Dull_David

    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

    mentally soft, i have no idea, players not good enough. Just some of the excuses we’ve heard from 1D over the last few months… It is clear that he is tactically way out of his depth, how he couldn’t change his approach vs fulham only him and God knows. I cannot see any success with this manager, he needs to go. If the glazers gives him more time and money it will just make matters worse. If he can attrack and get the right players it will be the right players for a flawed gameplan. 60s longball tactics. We dont want to go thru a Arsenal or worse liverpool drought. We are Manchester United, this should mean something!

  5. John

    Feb 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

    “We think that a managerless Manchester United would have more points right now than they have with Moyes at the helm.”

    I agree with this and stated the same yesterday 🙂

  6. Man u

    Feb 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Its all weird! And criously, utd wil continue to head downwards if notin is done quickly.

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