It’s true. After 31 games at Everton last season David Moyes’s team had amassed 52 points. That’s one more than he has with Manchester United this season.
What’s more, Everton have 57 points so far (with only 30 games played as an honourable reader has pointed out) in Roberto Martinez’s first season at the club. That’s way above Moyes’s average haul at this stage of his last 5 campaigns, in which he managed 51, 40, 40, 45, 48.
We don’t want to disparage Everton in any way. It’s a proper club built on tradition and success. But few would make a case for them having a similar budget to Manchester United.
Built from the ground up by Fergie, David Moyes inherited a squad of Champions – some on the wrong side of 30. But, all the same, Manchester United have a quality squad and a massive budget – as we have seen from Moyes’s expenditure of £65m so far – including 27.5m on a Belgian basketball player.
To be a point worse off than he was with Everton last year, and 6 behind them at present, is simply not good enough.
Some would say that it makes no sense for Manchester United to sack their manager at this stage of the season with noone to immediately take the reigns.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Watching Gary Neville and Paul Scholes talk so assertively and knowledgeably about Manchester United on Tuesday night illustrates, beyond any doubt, that these guys could step into the breach if Manchester United decided to sack the boss.
Scholes and Neville would not only be hugely popular choices with the fans and players. We have absolute confidence that they would also do a fantastic job, tactically, and in providing the beleaguered players with much needed motivation before the big one next week.
The board have nothing to lose at this stage by trying the pair out. If it doesn’t work they can appoint someone new at the end of the season anyway. In fact it’s the perfect time to experiment.
Without a moment’s hesitation we would give Neville and Scholes the job before The Champions League quarter final. Why let Moyes ruin another opportunity for Manchester United to save their season?
In summary, David Moyes isn’t cut out for this job. It’s simply incredible that he has been allowed to stay on for so long after so many humiliating results and with no sign, whatsoever, of improvement. If anything Manchester United are getting worse.
Moyes OUT. Red Nev and Scholesy IN. NOW.
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