Moyes: “United about to get better”

Manchester-United-v-Swansea-City-FA-Cup-Third-Round-2992551David Moyes has insisted he is confident to turn things around at Manchester United, despite suffering three successive defeats and having to deal with a serious injury crisis.

A home defeat against Spurs on New Year’s Day was followed by consecutive cup defeats, with United suffering the ignominy of failing to progress past the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in 2010 after losing 2-1 at Old Trafford against Swansea and then suffered a defeat by the same scoreline away at Sunderland on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal.

With rumours emerging of a possible dressing room unrest, as some of the senior players are reportedly beginning to question their manager’s credentials, Moyes has showed remarkable defiance and insisted the players are desperate to turn things around and that his current predicament is part and parcel of a manager’s job.

“I’ve been here before and done it before,” said Moyes.

“I just sense it’s on the verge of turning, that we’re about to get a bit better. You need a bit of good fortune to go for you, and it looks as if we’re not getting enough of that at the moment.

“I can sense in the dressing room that there’s an urge to fight our current position.

“It’s part of football management. It’s never going to be an easy ride,” continued the United manager.

“To be the manager of Manchester United is a big challenge, whether it’s on the back of wins or defeats.”

One has to wonder whether Moyes will be given any support at all in this transfer window, for he definitely looks like a man who could do with some help. In fact, he has done so for quite some time.




  1. “To be the manager of Manchester United is a big challenge, whether it’s on the back of wins or defeats.”

    This guy is just drowning.

    So you’re telling me that life at United is tough whether you’re winning or losing?

    Surely it’s a little easier when you’re winning?

  2. So I was speaking to a friend of mine who’s a Chelsea fan (and keeps texting me every now and then to congratulate me on the wonderful season we’re having over here at United) the other day and I asked him what he thinks of David Moyes.

    At first he said “I love him. he’s doing a fantastic job”

    But then he moved on to more serious comments and said “The unfortunate thing about Moyes is that he’s at a club that wants instant success. If he didn’t have to deal with all this pressure he could get on with it and start building toward success. The problem with you United people is that you can’t handle defeat.”

    I was asking because I wanted an external view but I was surprised to find out that he has some genuine faith in Moyes. He said “David Moyes spent the last 8 years or so finishing in the top 6 with a useless squad. There is definitely something there. If he makes it to next season I expect him to do a lot better.”

    I must be honest I really didn’t wanna hear that. I was hoping he would say something like “Yeah mate you guys have been stuck with a dud.”

    I don’t know.

    Does finishing 6th place with a substandard squad really mean he can do better with an improved squad.

    It’s one thing to do it for a smaller club but the dynamic is different at the elite level.

    • United do NOT want instant success, if anything that’s been Chelsea’s prerogative since Abramovich’s money started flying in, which is why they’ve changed managers so many times. Regardless of whether Moyes is the right man for the job or not, United have always preferred long-term stability to instant success and I really struggle to comprehend where all of those who behave like we have a divine right to win titles got their ideas from. Granted, in modern day football stability might be immensely harder to achieve than when Fergie and Arsene Wenger took over United and Arsenal and short-term fixes might even seem preferable, but we’ve gone 26 seasons without winning the title. Instant success has never been a priority, long term, sustained success has.

      • @Dan: I understand what youvare trying to say Dan, but I believe that we have a divine right to win the Premier League and every game we play. We are Manchester fucking United!!! The greatest football club in the world!
        And don’t you forget that.

        • Then why are we advocating new signings and strenghtening the squad. My philosphy in life is “if you don’t believe you can win it, then don’t even bother entering it”. Do what you do do well boy…or don’t do it at all.

          Yes we do! (And I’m not Sorry).
          😛 😛

        • Mate, strengthening the squad and believing we can win every game (an attitude, I share with you) are one thing, believing we should win them all is a different thing. I get what you’re saying and obviously a club of United’s tradition and expectations should constantly strive for the very top but, at times, that can’t be achieved overnight, sad as that might be.

        • I think we understand each other and are actually saying (or mean to say the same thing). We’re just getting caught up with semantics.

    • @The_Philosopher: Yes, but don’t lose sight of the fact that the “useless squad” is what HE assembled in the 10 years. HE was the one to believe that they will bring him success. Spurs are also a mid-table team, but I won’t exactly call their squad useless…
      From the evidence presented so far, it seems like our squad is also currently “useless”. My only conclusion is that he has some sort of a fetish for “useless” squads.

      I think your friend feels about him the same way I used to feel about Rafa at Liverpool. 🙂

      He’s right about us expecting “instant success” though. Can you blame us? We’ve become accustomed to it. It is the United way. Besides, I don’t see Abramovich expecting any less…and they don’t even have our track record. My point is, instant success is what the modern game is all about. Anything less and we end up like Liverpool. Besides, we don’t experience the entertainment factor of Arsenal to compensate for 10 years of rebuilding.

      In conclusion: If you have a “useless” squad then I summise mid-table is understandable. What then if you inherit a “squad of champions”?

      PS. It is interesting though how others view our situation.

    • @The_Philosopher: To me it’s not about instant success, or necessarily winning every game at this stage. But it IS about seeing the desire, the never say die attitude and an effort to play football the Utd way – regardless of injuries or weaknesses in the team. And it’s that mentality, more than anything, that is missing right now.

      Moyes should start by turning to the youth (Januzaj, Lingard, Powell, Zaha)in place of the Cleverley’s, Valencia’s and Young’s of this world. They’ve been indoctrinated in the Utd philosophy, and are fearless unlike their above named 1st team colleagues. They have everything to prove and little to lose. Moyes could learn a lot from them.

  3. The major problem for Moyes is that he has to somehow build a reputation as a successful manager – a winner. He hasn’t won anything to date and is virtually unknown in Europe. Clearly this is a major disadvantage when trying to attract top players who could make a difference. He cannot be expected to attract the right type of player particularly if the club does not qualify for the ECL. He might be able to do it by paying over the odds like City & Chelsea did but, whilst the Glazers will give him substantial cash, its unlikely to be enough to compete with the top clubs. So it will be like starting from scratch by gradually getting rid of Fergie’s old team barring one or two of the younger players plus Rooney (if, under the circumstances, he can be persuded to stay at less than what he can get elsewhere) and by getting in lower profile talent which hopefully has the potential to make United competitive again. His best hope is to get into the top four next season, by hook or by crook, and to try to win a cup on the way to lay that ghost to rest. There’s no doubt a hole is being dug here which Moyes has to somehow scramble out of before it gets too deep.

    United are also in an unenviable position because there are few if any available alternatives to Moyes. They could have had Guardiola but he’s on a reported 14m a year package – double what Fergie was getting. Mourinho’s on 8m a year. Moyes, on 3.9m, was comparatively cheap. It seems that if United did decide to ditch Moyes they might have to gamble again. Any bets on Ole Solskjaer?

  4. It had better get better. It would be hard to get a lot worse, losing all cup competitions, not getting Europe next season appears to be where we’re heading.

    My follow up to ‘it’s going to get better’, would be, ‘why?’

    What is going to change? If we aren’t going to bring in new players, what is going to change? It would be nice if Moyes would give some type of hint for why it will get better.

    Maybe he’s right, maybe the squad realizes they’re stuck with him, and they gotta play for him, and the stick together and get better. But if they don’t, if Moyes becomes the odd man out and the squad won’t play for him, not only will we need a new manager, we’ll need a squad clean out as well. Because we cannot bring any manager into a team in revolt without predictably awful results.

  5. Yes,and Harry Styles friends will be doing a black face minstrel adaptation of Cats in Brixton called ‘Good Pussy’.Get real Moyes.The players don’t respect you,the fans are getting fed up and very soon,the board will be all over your ass!Things won’t be turning around as long as you’re coach of United.You were unwilling to listen to good advice when it was handed to you & now you are paying the price.You have drunk from the poisoned cup my friend.You are the only one that doesn’t know it.

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