News emerged today that David Moyes is allegedly tracking two Barcelona midfielders, having seemingly not learn a thing from last summer’s double fiasco when his pursuit of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas ended with the former choosing Bayern Munich over United, while the latter decided to stay put in Catalonia.
The United manager, however, has his sight set on another pair of Barcelona midfielders this time, with Alex Song and Cristian Tello emerging as the latest names linked with the job nobody seems to want: being a midfielder for Manchester United.
Reports in Sunday’s newspapers suggest Wayne Rooney and Manchester United have agreed to extend their relationship.
The report (in The Sun) claims Rooney has penned the richest deal in Premier League history which means he could be earning approx £300,000 p/wk, not bad off a club with no ambition.
The club are yet to deny or confirm the contract extension.
“It’s your time to back the new manager” was the infamous war-cry of then departing Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Six months on and the words are still thrust upon any disillusioned United fan who dares to publicly question or blame Moyes for United’s current situation. The words are becoming tiring but in hindsight seem oh-so-wise from the man who took United to (and beyond) places they never dreamt they’d go. Did he see this coming?
But, as we sit here today, 15pts behind the league-leaders and 11pts off a Champions League play-off spot, questions must surely be being asked at the highest levels of the club about David Moyes’ continued employment?
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“War-chest”. A word with which football has become familiar to in the last couple of seasons, and one which has been thrown about by the Manchester United’s hierarchy with the same frequency with which Antonio Valencia misplaces a cross or loses possession.
Sir Alex Ferguson was allegedly given a sizeable budget to spend in his last season, but £24m were enough to secure Robin Van Persie’s services, while David Moyes has seemingly had a “war-chest” since arriving at Old Trafford, with Ed Woodward famously assuring him and us last summer that “United could compete with everybody in the transfer market,” which doesn’t really explain why we ended up signing Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
If ever a moment epitomised United’s season, it came sixty seconds before the final whistle. Having been pinned back in their defensive third for a while, United pinched the chance to counter one last time but Wayne Rooney squandered the initial chance and Michael Carrick did not deem driving forward a worthy option and proceeded to pass the ball backwards. Opportunity gone, philosophy….seemingly GONE.
United, in those last seconds, played for a 0-0 draw as they had done for the previous 92 minutes and, in fairness to David Moyes and his men, it was mission accomplished, the sort of result a seventh-placed team would draw positives from, given it came against one of the favourites for the title.
David Moyes has insisted that he’s the right man for the job at Manchester United, despite the horrendous season the Reds have so far endured and the United manager has warned that it was “always going to take time” to rebuild the team he was left with by Sir Alex Ferguson.
With United now resigned to miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, next summer’s transfer window could define the club’s medium and long term future, given that United will have to replace the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra as well as – hopefully – signing a midfielder or two.
What a difference (almost) a year makes. 10 months ago United traveled in great spirits to North London having just clinched the league title, as Arsenal, through grinned teeth, welcomed the newly-crowned champions on the pitch with a guard of honour, while United fans reminded Arsenal fans just how good Robin Van Persie really was.
Less than a year on and the guard of honour has almost turned into a walk of shame, with United so catastrophically bad that even the novelty factor deriving from being crap after two decades of success has now worn off, Reds seemingly accepting that the United we all knew has simply evaporated this season.
Roy Keane believes Manchester United’s dismal season is the result of years spent cutting corners in the transfer market and David Moyes will need to bring in “five or six” players in the summer, a revamp that Keano has described as something that should be embraced, by the club’s hierarchy and supporters alike.
United’s woes plunged to a whole new level on Sunday, when United struggled to find the net against bottom of the table Fulham, before netting twice in three minutes only to concede yet another late equaliser, as they did against Southampton and Cardiff earlier in the season.