Michael Carrick has warned United fans that things might have to get worse before they eventually get better at Old Trafford and that this season’s demise is made worse because of how used United were to dominate opponents in England over the last two decades.
Having conceded a late equaliser against Fulham on Sunday, United will almost surely miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years, while even a place in the Europa League seems in danger at the moment, given the dismal record David Moyes’ men have put together since the turn of the year.
David Moyes described his Manchester United side as “diabolical” – even though the right adjective is a lot more damning and a lot less politically correct – after United gifted bottom of the table Fulham a point yesterday, with Darren Bent scoring a late equaliser, after United had turned things around.
Down 1-0 after Steve Sidwell had opened the scoring, United toiled away for another hour, piling up countless crosses in the visitors’ box and wasting a couple of good chances, though they continued to look incredibly pedestrian, even when Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick scored two late goals that had looked to clinch a win.
The United manager was shocked by his side’s mental frailties and rued the equaliser, which left United nine points adrift of fourth place.
By the end of it, the only surprising thing was that some could still find this abysmal showing surprising. If today is to be the end of the belaguered side we have witnessed for the last six months, then sure enough United delivered in a cruel, yet not uncharecteristic given this season’s standards, way.
Having toiled away for 75 minutes against a side that started today bottom of the league and that had failed to avoid defeat in their last four games, United looked to have rescued some dignity when Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick put them in front with 10 minutes remaining, before Darren Bent clinched a late equaliser – it’s becoming something of a habit this season.
The last seven days have been strange. United have lost against one of the worst teams in the league, they have seen the manager they didn’t deem fit enough to take over from Fergie defeat City in their own backyard after an incredible unbeaten run and have witnessed their captain announcing that, well, he’ll no longer feature in the team picture next summer.
And so the merry Premier League ride brings us to Fulham at home, a game that hardly gets the juices flowing but one we absolutely have to win, given the nature of the other weekend’s fixtures, with Liverpool hosting Arsenal and Spurs welcoming Everton in what is, effectively, almost a Champions League playoff.
Luckily for United, Fulham are as obliging a team to visit Old Trafford as Moyes could ever hope for, and Betbright have accordingly boosted United’s price to beat Fulham, up from 1/5 to Evens at https://www.betbright.com/lg/5900/444 – it’s a bankable win even in this hellhole of a season.
The January transfer window might have closed just a week ago, but the rumour mill ahead of the summer transfer window is already in full swing, even though there are still some four months until the end of the season.
Nobody will have as big a job on his hands in the summer as David Moyes, with the Manchester United manager tasked with carrying out a rebuilding job of absolutely epic proportion, with United facing a possible mini-exodus of senior players, with Nemanja Vidic confirming he’ll leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Nemanja Vidic has confirmed he will leave Manchester United when his contract expires in the summer, bringing an end to his eight-year spell at Old Trafford and confirming the rumours that have linked the Serbian defender with a move to away from the Premier League for quite some time.
Lately, the United captain’s influence has been limited by two serious knee injuries over the last three seasons, which reduced his physical impact and forced him to sit out long spells of United’s campaigns, with Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes wary of managing the Serbian’s fitness in order to get the best of out him.
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Things haven’t gone well for United this season. Eight defeats in 24 Premier League games, 15 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and seven points away from fourth spot, out of the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup all while playing utterly dire and pedestrian football. An absolute shambles, in other words.
With David Moyes increasingly under pressure and, according to many, increasingly out of his depth, even the feel-good factor generated by Juan Mata’s arrival evaporated within a week, with United’s season going from bad to worse after last Saturday’s defeat at Stoke.