If cars ran on bad news, Manchester United could just about supply every petrol head in the country, for the first nine days of 2014 have brought nothing but disappointment and, judging by the latest rumours concerning the club and David Moyes, things could get a lot worse before they get better.
Different newspapers today report that some of the senior players at United could soon start to question David Moyes as they’re unimpressed by his lack of credentials and, crucially, unconvinced that the Scotsman neither the right man for the club nor he has what he takes to steady a sinking ship after three defeats in a row.
So far, Moyes has been granted unconditional support by the club and by the majority of the fans, but the revelation that his players are prepared to question him could put the board in a very complicated position.
The Guardian reports that “some within the dressing room are unsure of Moyes’s ability to reverse a sequence that includes a league defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, being knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea City, and Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Sunderland in the League Cup semi-final, first leg.”
Furthermore, continues the newspaper Moyes’ decision to replace René Meulensteen, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele with his own coaching staff is being privately questioned by some within the squad who were happy working with a group that had helped Ferguson oversee part of the most successful period in United’s history. According to well-placed sources, there is a bemusement among a number of players, with a strong sense forming that as United won the title by 11 points last term there was little need for Moyes to undergo a complete revamp of a set-up that had a proven winning structure.
With Nemanja Vidic not keen on extending his contract and Patrice Evra left quite upset by Moyes’ public pursuit of Leighton Baines, these rumours won’t do any good to the United camp, particularly given their current, desperate, situation. On the other hand, were the players to turn against Moyes, the manager’s destiny would be sealed, for in this day and age players’ power is the only force even the most stubborn of clubs dare not to take on.
Danny Welbeck, arguably one of United’s few positives this season, said the prospect of missing out on Champions League football is as concerning for the players as it is for the fans.
“I can understand why fans are concerned. We are not around the Champions League spots at the moment. We need to get our form back and just win the next matches.”
Welbeck, however, is unsure as to why United have fallen so far behind this season after lifting the title in May. “I cannot pinpoint one thing why this is happening. We were champions last season and we know that the consistency in our game has not been good enough,” he said “It is a new experience for us all but the main thing we have to do is look at the next game.”
The United striker, though, insisted the players are determined to turn things around stating “It’s over 10 years since United lost three games in a row so we know we have to turn it round and win the next match”.
“The manager is very upbeat. He lets the players know he wants to do really well and the players also want to win games for United,” said Welbeck.
“Losing three on the bounce is really not good enough and we want to put that right.”