Ever since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed watching my team play and have supported the manager and players through the good and bad times.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to rub a win in the faces of Arsenal or Liverpool fans but when you support a football team you just have to accept that sometimes you will win and sometimes your players will hop around the pitch like stuffed Christmas turkeys.
I am completely fine with that, as I’m not a ‘glory supporter’ like many people say. However, I do think there is a fine line between losing an acceptable amount of games and then ruining the legacy of one of the greatest managers to grace the game of football with its presence. Yes, I am talking about David Moyes.
I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, ‘Snore, here we go again. Another United supporter who can’t take losing.’
That is not the case as we lost our fair share of games under the ruling of the mighty Sir Alex. What I can’t take is the fact that a mediocre manager, who has never won a trophy in his life, has been allowed to take over a club as big as Manchester United.
Regardless of whether I like this decision, I am inclined to support my team. Remember that this is a set of players who won the Premiership last season, so it’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that they would be capable of doing so again. After all, how much can one man influence the outcome of a game? A lot, it would seem!
If the Fellaini transfer farce was anything to go by, I really should have expected the dire situation we are currently in.
Not only did Moyes select the completely wrong tactics to begin with, none of the players even want to be on that pitch anymore. The only person in a Manchester United shirt that I believe brings passion and love to our games is Wayne Rooney. This is a man who wanted to leave not long ago, so I respect him for stepping up to the plate and trying to dig his team out of the massive hole they have decided to dig for themselves.
With rumours flying around that Robin Van Persie wants to leave in the summer, this doesn’t bode well for our attacking play. Javier Hernandez is also unhappy because he isn’t getting the amount of games he’d like, so if he opts to hand in a transfer request too then that leaves us with Rooney and Danny Welbeck.
Sure, Welbeck works hard and has scored a few goals in his last few games but he isn’t exactly the Van Nistelrooy of our generation. He lacks that killer instinct every Manchester United forward should have and if we begin to rely on him, we’ll have to accept that we definitely will not be getting Champions League football for a while.
Whilst I can complain about our forwards, the real problem lies with our midfield. We have no creativity and are relying on an 18-year-old for that, which is completely ridiculous.
I genuinely believed our beloved Cristiano would return in the summer, and whilst rumours circulated that the deal was done, I’m not surprised that he ran a mile after seeing David Moyes rock up with that deranged look on his face that screams, ‘I have no idea what I’m doing!’ The answer to all of Moyes’ problems is looking him straight in the face and he refuses to acknowledge it: transfers.
We need to off-load about 50% of our team (personally, I’d prefer 80% but we can’t function with all of our players gone!) and bring in some creative players who have a fluidity about them.
We have never been able to replace Paul Scholes and Roy Keane and putting Phil Jones in there (who is a DEFENDER!) is an absolute joke. Why Moyes opted not to move for Mesut Ozil when it became apparent that Arsenal were in for him is absolutely baffling. There’s a player who oozes style and class in his football; something we so desperately need!
There is an endless list of players (NOT BAINES!) who Moyes should be looking at and he’d be wise to do that, otherwise the players and fans will lose all faith in him.
United need to regain their swagger, as that is what they were all about. They were always one of those teams that every opposing fan hated playing, as even if we were 3-0 down we were somehow still the favourites to win the game.
That has vanished and I bet teams relish the chance to line-up against a set of mediocre players who limp onto the pitch and play as if they’re in the school playground.
I can deal with losing, I just can’t deal with people having no passion or respect for a club that boasts so much history.
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