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Some Manchester United Fans Need To Stop Complaining and Start Supporting Their Team

old trafford1 Some Manchester United Fans Need To Stop Complaining and Start Supporting Their Team

What a difference three games can make.

Just two weeks ago, Manchester United were riding a six game winning streak in all competitions heading into their home match against Tottenham. Had United won that match they would have trailed the final Champions League position in the league by only two points; after having suffered through an extremely difficult start to their campaign.

But unfortunately injuries and poor performances have really begun to take a toll on United’s season.

Since the 2-1 loss to Spurs, Manchester United have been knocked out of the FA Cup, lost an away tie to Sunderland in the semi-finals of the League Cup and trail the Premier League’s final European spot by five points (although Liverpool hold the goal difference advantage over United).

Similar to the start of the season, there is a section of United supporters who want change.

They insist that David Moyes is the wrong manager and should be sacked and/or Manchester United need to spend £100-200m on transfers in the January transfer window in order to strengthen the current squad.

…and while the club is doing that, they should hire Mr. Miyagi to heal the bodies of Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Nani and Marouane Fellaini.

None of these things are about to happen.

Manchester United have 18 games left to play in the Premier League, a return league match against Sunderland in the League Cup, and a Champions League tie against Olympiacos. This season is not lost. But you wouldn’t be able to tell that by the actions and reactions from a section of United supporters this week.

To the faction of disgruntled Manchester United supporters, I’d like to hear your responses to the following questions and statements that I’ve read on Twitter and various other sites. Please comment below.

Here are my responses to the statements and questions I’ve seen this week:

“United need to sack David Moyes and bring someone else in!”

My response: There is no one to come in and replace David Moyes at this point in the season. That manager just isn’t out there. Show me the list of candidates who are available now who could fix the current situation in the red half of Manchester.

David Moyes was selected by Sir Alex Ferguson to be his successor. He envisioned a transition period for the club. That’s why Moyes was given a six-year contract. The club and Sir Alex Ferguson believe he is the right man to lead this club forward.

“Well, David Moyes should have never been hired in the first place! United should have gone with Jose Mourinho or another manager who had more experience at a ‘big club’!”

My response: David Moyes was hired and all the complaining in the world isn’t going to change that. There is also no telling how good Moyes will be as Manchester United manager because he’s only been in charge of the club for half of a season.

“How could this not be David Moyes fault? This team won the league by ELEVEN POINTS last season!”

My response: Every day is a new day. Each season brings its own set of challenges which need to be met.

Manchester United made one significant move last season and it benefitted the club immensely…they signed Robin Van Persie from Arsenal. The striker came into the club and singlehandedly scored goals to bring United back from tied and losing positions many times over the course of the season. Instead of drawing and/or losing matches, United were taking all three points while the rest of the league were sputtering along.

(And before anyone says: “That’s another thing! David Moyes training methods have led to Van Persie missing a huge chunk of this season!”

Arsenal supporters were laughing at United last year. They were rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the “next” Van Persie injury spell. The Dutch striker missed a ton of games for Arsenal, but through with a touch of luck he was able to make it through his first season at United largely unscathed.)

The other facts about last season are: Manchester City failed to strengthen their squad after winning the Premier League title the year before and their players admittedly became complacent. Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal were just not as strong as they are this season.

In 2012-13, United built up a large lead on City and the rest of the faltering league before heading into the final eight matches of their season. The club would then only end up taking 12 out of a potential 24 points from those last eight matches (and prior to the stretch of league games, United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea after the Blues battled to a draw at Old Trafford and won the replay at Stamford Bridge).

Over that span of time, United lost to Manchester City (home), lost to Chelsea (home) and ended the season by conceding three goals during the final ten minutes against West Brom in a game that ended 5-5.

United didn’t exactly sprint through the finish line last season…they limped.

Oh, one other thing. Sir Alex Ferguson retired. The greatest manager in the history of English football stepped down to take another position at the club.

Manchester United Football Club lost the greatest manager in the history of British football…full stop. Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of achievements is staggering. Over his 26-year career, the Scottish-born manager won thirteen league titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions League titles, a European Cup Winners Cup, a FIFA Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, an Inter-Continental Cup and ten Community Shields (….take a breath). Over the course of twenty-six years, Ferguson transformed his dream of rebuilding Manchester United into a reality.

Football experts will agree that one of Ferguson’s biggest accomplishments took place over his final two seasons as Manchester United’s manager. He took a squad which was aging and glaringly weak in the midfield; and somehow organized them into title contenders.

“This squad just isn’t good enough. United need overhaul the squad and spend £100-200m on Koke, Diego Costa, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan, and Leighton Baines in January!”

My response: £100-200m is a ridiculous sum of money to spend during any transfer window.

Additionally, you’re just not going to see any big name players come in during the January window. The chances are that you may see one or two signings that would be a good fit, but the major moves for marquee players won’t happen until the summer. Teams just aren’t going to sell their best players in the middle of the season…no matter how much money you throw at them.

“Moyes and Woodward screwed up during the summer window. That’s why United are in the position they’re in now!”

My response: Absolutely right. But what’s done is done. The fact is, this is what United’s roster is going to look like until May. Whining about what the club didn’t do over the summer isn’t going to add depth to the squad or help United win any games.

The bottom line for disgruntled United fans is David Moyes will not being fired from Manchester United and the squad isn’t going to drastically improve in January. It’s very likely that the first team won’t improve at all.

What United fans can hope for is that their squad gets as close as possible to 100% healthly and those players start performing to their capabilities; or as close to perfection as they can for the remainder of the season.

Instead of being a negative influence which has already effected home performances, some United supporters can start being a positive force which will drive this team forward.

Rather than sitting quietly, moaning, booing and/or leaving the match early; some Old Trafford ticket holders need to take notes from the club’s away supporters. Manchester United’s away support is the envy of most clubs across Europe. They travel in mass to each road game (in England or abroad) and don’t stop singing for or supporting their team until well after the match is over. They have been tremendous this season and everyone involved at United will attest to that.

Every club goes through its share of difficult times. Manchester United are not immune to this.

Regardless of ‘how’ Manchester United got to where they are this season, the fact is the club is in a tough spot.

Attacking the players/manager, questioning every decision and expecting the impossible to happen (£100-200m spent in a transfer window and firing a manager who was handpicked by a legend of the club) won’t help the situation.

The best thing unsettled Manchester United fans can do is support their team.

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About Peter Quinn

Although a college basketball coach for sixteen years on the NCAA Division I and II levels, Peter has been an avid football fan for more than half his life. He considers himself a student of coaching and team management. As well as coaching, Peter has spent time working in Sports Information at various colleges and universities. His articles on European football have been picked up by International Business Times UK and USA Today. Twitter: @CoachPeteQuinn
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15 Responses to Some Manchester United Fans Need To Stop Complaining and Start Supporting Their Team

  1. Jim says:

    United’s supporters have been spoiled and some have never known what it’s like for the club to be struggling.

    For all the problems so far, United are still only 5 points behind Liverpool in 4th place. While the team hasn’t performed well of late, United haven’t lost badly except to City and those games that they did lose could easily been reversed. Finishing in the top 4 is not insurmountable with 18 games left.

    What is probably out of reach is finishing 1st.

    • Dan says:

      Well I guess performances don’t mean anything. The team can’t play football. They hit it to Valencia and he knocks it in
      the box. That’s not good enough. The Champions shouldn’t be in 7th so I don’t get this spoiled crap. I hold United to a certain standard and if that’s to high then why call yourself one of the biggest clubs in the world much less the biggest club in Engand? We should be in the top 4 with the squad we have. The first Xi is garbage but the squad is the biggest bar city. We have the most players and the injury excuse was crap. Wenger has his team in 1st and he’s been without Theo Poldi Chamberlain for almost the whole season. Various key players have been injured and we have deserved every loss we have suffered this season. The games may have been close but losing 2-1 or 4-1 doesn’t matter. I don’t think it’s spoiled for a Utd fan to expect us to not lose 3 games straight across 3 different competitions. If that is too high a bar then United might as well prepare for Thursday Nights channel 5. He bought a lamp post for 27.5 million in Fellaini. We have won 1 game against the top 8 and it was a lucky 1nil against Arsenal at home. We have to go away to Arsenal Chelsea Southhampton Newcastle and westbrom. We took 5 points out of a possible 15 against those sides and all those games were at Old Trafford. We will be lucky to get a point at any of those grounds as long as we continue this Moyes longball style of football. Expecting to be in the top 4 is a minimum requirement for Moyes and half the season is gone nothing about that is being spoiled? Don’t call yourself the biggest club in England if not makingthe Champions league is acceptable. Those are low standards and if this were Chelsea he’d have been through the door. What about David’s constant moaning about Refs?

  2. goatslookshifty says:

    Utd have never been without support. The supporters are as loyal as any team and have the right to show their discontent with the current state of the club. I agree with Jim, they have been spoiled for decades now and everyone knows the club is in need of revamping. It wouldn’t be out of order for some of these players to feel a bit of heat from supporters who have been loyal to the club before most of them were born.

  3. Paul says:

    I dont think the fans are mad at losing as much as losing under Moyes which the majority of United fans didn’t want as their manager. Since the performance of the team under Moyes have proven them right, there is no silver linings. Thus the anger…

  4. Ken says:

    Remember the banner at Old Trafford on opening day this season?

    The Chosen One it read in what was a clear dig at Jose who turned United down.

    I bet those who raised it aren’t laughing now.

  5. Dean Stell says:

    Yeah….I don’t think so. I think “the club” is an amorphous and intangible thing. It means something different to every fan depending on their own personal experiences and why they chose to support “the club” in the first place.

    When the club hires an employee who doesn’t fit a fan’s expectations, I don’t think it’s obligatory to just shrug your shoulders and “support the team”. I think Moyes is a competent manager who is definitely EPL-quality. He’s proven that. But a small sample size at United indicates that he is NOT elite. Further, there is nothing in his past at Everton that suggests he is anything better than “good”. The problem is that United aspires to being better than “good” and that means that Moyes probably isn’t sufficient. There hasn’t been a single glimmer from Moyes this season that suggests there is some hidden excellence that will burst loose next year.

    Now….where I agree with you is that Moyes is as good as United can do right now. There is nobody better to come in during the 13/14 season who is better. But they should probably fire him this summer regardless of how the rest of the season goes. He isn’t the guy and never will be the guy. He’s like a mediocre girlfriend who is keeping you from dating other girls. It’s true that United could do worse, but they should strive to do better. He is the living embodiment of opportunity cost.

  6. hoosiergunner says:

    I just like that the article referenced Mr. Miyagi…

    Outstanding.

  7. Flyvanescence says:

    I bloody hope Moyes serves out his contract. The guy is a legend.

  8. rkujay says:

    I am a united supporter and have been for a very long time…pre Sir Alex. Being a yank, I can’t vote with my wallet except on very few occasions. However, in my view, supporting my team does not mean I have to support every decision carte blanche. I do not believe Mr. Moyes is or will ever be the United need. Even in the unlikely event we finish in a Champions League spot, I still stand by my decision. Finish the season and let’s shake hands and move on to someone with a CV which reads better than “He did a decent job at Everton with little funds behind him”.

  9. Taylor says:

    Peter, there are fans who are not supporting because the team is losing games. They are the bandwagoners.
    Real fans, they still support the team. But you can’t prevent fans from feeling angry. It’s not how United lost: it’s how the team plays and the rationale behind the decisions: letting the coaching staffs go, giving Nani 5 year contract, etc.

    Educated fans will not dream of United spending 100-200 million for players. Educated fans know that Mourinho will be a risky hire: he never represents continuity.

    • JJ says:

      Having a proven CV is a risky hire? Only an idiot would say Moyes slid a better hire than Mourinho. Moyes never won crap and to say that a guy who has won a treble and won league titles in Spain, Italy, England and to a lesser extent Portugal is a risky hire is a bit daft. Representing continuity qualifies you as a good manager? What are the positives about Moyes. What are his traits that make him a good manager? Continuity is always the one I hear about but that doesn’t mean anything.

  10. Carl Arroyo says:

    This was a fun read. I too liked the Mr Miyagi reference. But which one? Pat Morita or Jackie Chan?

  11. Glen M says:

    Just wait until Leeds get promoted and knock Man U into relegation.

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