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David Moyes And Manchester United – What’s Wrong And What’s Next

Written by on September 23, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Manchester United

What’s wrong

The indignation and criticism from Manchester United fans and pundits started well before the final whistle blew on a resounding 4-1 win by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

If United’s general lackluster start to the new Barclays Premier League season had offered reason for some level of legitimate concern the loss to Manchester City was perhaps the realization of fans’ worst fears. To read more please click on the link.

3 responses to “David Moyes And Manchester United – What’s Wrong And What’s Next”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    Fantastic piece Bobby.
    I was watching the match and couldn’t help but notice how Fellaini went about in such a laissez-faire manner. Never once was Fernandinho put under pressure by him. He also failed miserably in containing Yaya.
    Fellaini was going to either thrive on a better squad or prove to be ill efficient. It’s early, but the latter looks most likely.
    For me Young was never good enough for Man United.
    Troublesome is the perception that there was never a Plan B. When the third goal was scored so early on in the 2nd half, we got nothing from Moyes.
    I’m not in training and could only assume that Kagawa refuses to go out wide. But with RVP out, why not slot him just under Rooney? No Chicharito or even Nani. Give us something.

    City has a very good squad, that frankly should improve as the season progresses. They also have a more stable manager now, who will calm the club instead of infuriate it. They will be a tough out in all competitions.

    Man United had a horrible transfer season. I understand managers wanting to bring over loyal soldiers, but Fellaini is never going to be good enough. I’m just hoping that Moyes will prove to be.

  2. John Bladen says:

    Ed, your description of Fellaini yesterday sounds much like the regular complaints about him at Everton. When the mood takes him, he can certainly be a major force in any match (I would not go so far as to say he can “take a match over”). Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem like he’s all that interested.

    I’ve no idea if that’s actually the case (I doubt it), but that is the way it sometimes looks.

    I do think the Ferdinand/Vidic partnership needs to end. Like many, I believed when United resigned Ferdinand that he would be used relatively sparingly… he’s the ideal guy to bring on in the 55th minute to protect a lead, for example. I don’t think anyone believes he can be a 90 minute man against top opposition anymore. Vidic is still quite strong, but does not look to me to be as dominant in central defense as he was before his recent run of injuries.

    Hands up everyone who had “5 games” in the di Canio dead pool?

    When I saw him out on the pitch ‘interacting’ with supporters instead of doing the post match talk with his team in the dressing room I thought “Aye Aye, this won’t work”. As the saying goes, “he looked to me like a man who wanted to be unemployed”.

    I guess we’ll never know, but I wonder if he would have been sacked if he’d just “not” done that?

  3. Ed Gomes says:

    What’s the difference between Fellani and Anderson?
    Not much. One is better with the ball at his feet, the other better with his head. Besides that, both have horrible work rate.

    Nani actually showed something in latest loss, but ultimately he’ll frustrate everyone. I hope that he can somehow get it together.
    Young just isn’t any good.
    Valencia has regressed.

    What’s frighteningly obvious is the lack of quality on the squad. A lot of should be’s or never became.
    Moyes has already mentioned the lack of quality. Unfortunately for Moyes, SAF was able to get it done with this bunch.

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