The departure of these coaches will have taken a toll on a squad that was already showing signs of weakness.
Moyes and his new staff are inexperienced at squad rotations prior to UEFA Champions League matches. His first attempt at a rotation (West Bromwich) has ended in failure. His decisions will be compounded should United slip up against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
United are also not showing signs of a Moyes or Ferguson coached team. They are being outworked in losses. Manchester City and West Bromwich visibly played harder and smarter than United in recent matches. At times it appeared that United players were standing still while their opponents ran by them.
Are United player’s reading the headlines? Do they assume that the ghosts of Manchester United will crawl out of Old Trafford and lead them to victory? Or are they going to knuckle down and start grinding out wins like title-winning teams do?
Ed Woodward was promoted to executive vice-chairman at Manchester United and assumed the role of the departed David Gill. His hiring was a bit of a question mark since he hadn’t had any previous success with player transfers.
His first transfer window has been described as “disastrous” by most football experts. He spent the better part of his first transfer window chasing Cesc Fàbregas of Barcelona. A pursuit that no one outside of Manchester United understood since Fàbregas had openly expressed his desire to stay with the Spanish giants. Woodward’s lone signing was pulled off during the dying hours of the window when he was finally able to wrestle Marouane Fellaini away from Everton.
So United have failed to address key concerns in their squad. They have had significant changes in their on-the-field and off-the-field management. And their opponents are showing a greater hunger and focus during matches.
Those are the facts. This is the state of the current Manchester United team. They just aren’t good enough to beat West Bromwich at home.
United have seven points after six Premier League matches. Fortunately there are 32 more matches left in the season. “There is still plenty of time left in the season” (You will hear this a lot in the coming days).
There is no Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Mark Hughes, Denis Law, Steve Bruce, Eric Cantona or Roy Keane to come off the team bus and inspire a win. The current United team is David Moyes, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Antonio Valencia, Nani, Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra, and Rio Ferdinand. There is quality in this squad. But they had better not be relying on past successes because the times have changed.