Nemanja Vidic has admitted that despite a somewhat lacklustre start to the campaign which has seen United drop five points in three games, David Moyes is still to unleash his own version of the “hairdryer” onto his players.
After a promising opening day at Swansea where United trounced Michael Laudrup’s side 4-1, David Moyes’ men were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Chelsea before slumping to a 1-0 defeat against Liverpool as the former Everton manager returned to Merseyside for the first time since joining United.
Sir Alex Ferguson has explained his managerial blueprint, highlighting the factors that are crucial to succeed in football but has admitted that the conditions he found during his 26 years are extremely difficult to replicate and, in all likelihood, they never will.
In a series of interviews with the Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse, the former United manager stressed the importance of setting high standards within the club, from its personnel, to the players’ behaviour on and off the pitch, to ensure the club remains competitive.
Despite still not having returned to full training, Wayne Rooney has a 50/50 chance of being fit for this season’s first Manchester derby as United take on City at the Etihad a week on Sunday.
The United striker has been working with the club’s physios as he aims to recover from the severe cut to his head he suffered after accidentally colliding with Phil Jones in training over 10 days ago.
Shinji Kagawa has expressed his frustration at the lack of playing time he has had to endure in the first month of the season as the Japanese playmaker has played only seven minutes of David Moyes’ first four official games in charge of Manchester United.
Having come off the bench in the closing stages of United’s Community Shield game against Wigan, the former Dortmund is still to make his league debut this season and was left out of the squad that traveled to Anfield 10 days ago, as United stumbled to a 1-0 defeat after a rather unimpressive and insipid performance.
The transfer window might have shut over a week ago in rather farcical fashion as far as those of a red allegiance are concerned and the international break has managed to bore the majority of us out of our minds, but United seem to be rather active beyond the scenes as David Moyes has begun the process of identifying some of his targets for the January transfer window.
Having managed to secure only Marouane Fellaini during his first summer in charge, Moyes is fully aware of the importance of avoiding another failure this winter and has moved quickly so far, to earmark a couple of players he believes could improve the squad.
Now ‘silly season’ is over I agree with many that the time is right to stop griping about the horror show transfer window and focus on how David Moyes can maximize results with the squad we have.
These are my own theories as to what I hope David Moyes does with the team by breaking down the positions, players and formations.
Let me start with a quick analysis of the players we have and what I believe is our best eleven.
Day after day,
Alone on a hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he’s just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning ’round.
The morning after the night before felt discouraging and underwhelming, the disappointment amplified by a summer of empty promises.
United fans went to bed dreaming of Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira and woke up to the news that Marouane Fellaini had become a Manchester United player overnight.
The Belgian could well prove an astute signing but the harsh truth is that United forked out £27m when, less than a month ago, they could had signed the same player for £23.5m.