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!”