Moyes And The Many Woes Of Manchester United – Olasunkanmi Omonile

Published:8 Mar, 2014

David Moyes
David Moyes

Much have been said about the turmoil the arguably best team in the United Kingdom is going through, pundits have lent their voice and given their opinions. As an avid fan of both the game and the man, I thought I should put pen to paper and dish out a few ideas of my own. I don’t really like Manchester united but when the team with the most history in my favourite league is struggling, I drop my grudge and help!

As pointed out earlier, the most common item from previous articles I read on this topic is “Moyes and his supposed bag of inexperience”. Lots of fans and experts seem to think the team is bigger than what the man could handle and having not managed a trophy in his over a decade reign at a lower team- Everton, he is therefore unqualified to step into the very big shoes of Sir Alex Ferguson. I have a different opinion, first the quality of a manager shouldn’t be judged by how many trophies he’s won (this is largely due to my support of Arsenal in the past 8 years) but then it’s a fact. Hardly will anyone agree Pep Guardiola is the greatest manager in history but the man’s managed almost two decades of trophies in less than 6 years! I doubt if anyone will ever match that in the next century. I also don’t think the team is too big for Moyes, he is no Alex Ferguson by any standard, save nationality but when you consider the fact that  Arsene Wenger was brought in from Japan, Ferguson from Scotland and Guardiola from “team B” to come manage a team with so much history and expectations which they all handled well you’d be forced to reconsider too.

If Moyes is the right person then why is Manchester United, the king of English football languishing in 6th position with the hope of even making a Europa League spot for next season depleting by the day? The first answer is the attitude and quality of the team he inherited. There’s been much talk about the manager but very few about the players, yes, they won the league last season but their showing this season is not more than those in the zone they currently occupy on the table, except for a few examples most of the members of the squad are way past their peak. Players like Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Young don’t have much to offer except to sit on set and tell stories while others like Nemanja Vidic, Robin Van Persie , Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia have lost their mojo. Only a few names like David De Gea, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, youngster Adnan Januzaj and the recent acquisition- Juan Mata are really doing something. Up and coming stars like Chris Smalling, Rafael Da Silva and Johnny Evans haven’t lived up to the hype leaving Moyes with 3 or 4 players and 8 or 7 jokers on the pitch.

I’m not completely absorbing David of all the blames, the man’s poor selection and sometimes laughable substitutions and “no tactics” tactic is telling on the squad. His handling of the press is a matter for another time and his confidence level is below Sunderland on the table.

There however is a light at the end of the tunnel for Mr. Moyes  (if he gets there). First, he needs additional 4-5 players that might be daunting considering top players want to play in the champions league and earn big. Moyes might have to employ the “Wenger Style”- breed new players and hope hawks don’t snatch them in the long run. The players should include two centre backs, one winger and a creative Reus or Kroos type of attacking mid fielder.

Those calling for David Moyes’ sack should take a chill pill and give the man some time, hopefully they won’t have to wait for “next game” to get wins and we can all have our Manchester United back!

The views expressed above are solely that of the writer and not of or its associates.

  • tolu

    Well written! I wish Moyes could read this.


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