For a man tasked with arguably the hardest job in football and pressure mounting on him by the day, David Moyes does an admirable job when it comes to remain defiant in spite of the many adversities he’s faced so far this season.
Perhaps it really is staunch belief that his team will, at some point, turn the corner or perhaps the United manager is simply trying to desperately rally his troops, but Moyes’ determination in insisting that United are still in the title race is beginning to look like a desperate and pointless exercise.
Robin Van Persie is the latest Manchester United player to publicly back David Moyes, with the Dutchman admitting that while United have been caught by surprise this season, the former Everton manager remains the right man to lead the club forward and out of the doldrums.
Van Persie has been sidelined for over a month now and has seen his team being knocked out at in the third round of the FA Cup by Swansea and losing the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal at Sunderland, but the Dutchman insisted that coaching staff and players are united in a bid to turn things around.
Ahead of the January transfer window, David Moyes had admitted that he was determined to shake-up his squad, by offloading players who were at margins of the first team squad, but even the Manchester United manager would have been surprised to read the comments regarding Rafael and Fabio’s future.
Cassiano Pereira, the twins’ agent,insisted that both players are likely to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, which would come as a huge surprise for United, Moyes and the fans, given the unexpected nature of the rumour, its timing and the source it arrived from.
With a trip to Stamford Bridge just a few days away for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has again indulged in one of his favourite hobbies – talking about the club many suspected he wanted to manage.
A man who loves mind games almost as much as he loves himself, Mourinho insisted that he didn’t think United were a happy bunch these days – you don’t say, Jose! – but that he believes under-fire David Moyes will retain his place in the Old Trafford dugout for the foreseeable future.
Having almost successfully managed to loan Anderson to Fiorentina, David Moyes could soon part ways with another player who arrived to Old Trafford from Portugal seven years ago amid high expectations, as Sporting Lisbon are keen to bring Nani back to his former club.
The United winger has been a largely peripheral figure in the last twelve months at Old Trafford, playing just 21 games last season, but the arrival of David Moyes was thought to be the start a new era for the Portuguese, who had stated that he was desperate to shed the tag of inconsistent flash in the pan once and for all.
Nemanja Vidic’s agent, Silvano Martina, has vehemently dismissed rumours that wanted his client close to agreeing a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, days after admitting to the Guardian that he “would rule out signing an extension with Manchester United for the time being”.
The United captain’s contract expires in six months, thus allowing the 32-year-old to talk to other clubs, but Martina insisted that Vidic hasn’t agreed terms with another club as yet, despite being linked with a move to the Istanbul outfit – as well as Barcelona and Juventus – over the last couple of days.
With the January transfer window approaching its halfway point, the rumour mill is in full swing and, rather predictably, United have been caught right in the thick of it, with David Moyes’ necessity to begin a long overdue clearout at Old Trafford second only to his desperate needs for reinforcements.
While things are predictably and expectedly quiet on the arrival front, the exit door at Old Trafford could see many faces walking through it between the next two weeks and, more importantly, in June.
Eric Harrison, the former Manchester United Youth team coach, has called for Sir Alex Ferguson to step in to help David Moyes who, according to Harrison, has made life difficult for himself since arriving at Old Trafford.
Harrison, the man who coached David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Neville and Nicky Butt when they were plying their trade in United’s youth team, believes that the only thing that could help Moyes turn things around at Old Trafford is help from his illustrious predecessor.