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.
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.