Next FIVE Manchester United Matches Crucial for Moyes’ Survival

Next FIVE Manchester United Matches Crucial for Moyes’ Survival

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Reports are coming out of Carrington that divisions have increased between management and players in yet another blow for David Moyes. With Nemanja Vidic announcing his departure at the end of the season, and Rio Ferdinand taking to Twitter to ask who will be next in the management merry-go-round (a move that is clearly attached to an agenda), there are still persistent rumours that the more senior players are refusing to take Moyes seriously.

Robin Van Persie has questioned the training regimes initiated by the Everton coaching staff and whether his injury plagued season has been directly linked to these mid-table methods. Moyes is certainly getting it from all angles and with another important run of games about to begin, there seems no real likelihood of anything becoming any easier.

Upcoming Fixtures

United face Fulham at the weekend, followed by two trips to London to face Arsenal at the Emirates, and Crystal Palace. After that, they have Olympiakos in the Champions League and if Moyes fails to take United through, you wonder if the Glazers will be forced to show their hand.

There is no doubt that Moyes will continue to stick to his guns and proceed in the way he sees fit, but how much longer will he be allowed to continue? Failure to gain qualification to the Champions League looks likely at the moment and if this happens, how difficult will it be to regain this status next year when being forced to play Europa League football on a Thursday?

United have obviously historically given every manager a fair crack at the job, but perhaps sometimes it is more appropriate to cut your losses. Moyes may not be there yet, but if United suffer a couple of losses in the next 4 or 5 matches, will this be enough damage for some serious decisions to be made?

The fact that Vidic has called time on his United career is massively symbolic. He may have had a stop-start season and looks slightly off the pace at times, but are Smalling, Evans and Phil Jones really viewed as adequate replacements? Would Vidic have decided this if Ferguson were still there?

From Despair to Where?

It’s been a season of pure unpredictability thus far and there is no telling what could happen, perhaps everything will suddenly click into place and they will sneak through a few rounds of the CL and grab 4th place in the League, or perhaps they will crash out against Olympiakos and struggle to get 7th spot.

Anything could happen and this is something that United followers are not used to. At the very least, you expect to see an attacking line up with flair and a ‘we will score more than you’ kind of outlook. Currently this season it has been pretty far from that.

Moyes has carved a lonesome figure in post match interviews and seems at odds with himself, skirting around the problem and convincing himself that they have been unlucky. It’s not convincing anyone else, and the Glazers are likely to step in pretty quickly if things continue in this vein. People must look to their management of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where they have not been frightened to swing the axe if things aren’t going well. Of course they could never have done this with Sir Alex, but now their new man has so many question marks over him regarding performances, transfer dealings, excuse making and player unity, it will be interesting to see whether by the end of February or mid-March they have intervened.

Remember that although United aren’t a club that traditionally sacks managers after 8 months in the job, the Glazers have a somewhat different outlook. Those that suggest that Moyes will be given a year or two regardless of results are sadly mistaken. Anybody who thinks that the Glazers will be just fine with Europa League football next year and the massive loss of revenue this will cause, are simply kidding themselves. Watch this space……

Drop a comment below – will the Glazers be patient?



  1. Even if David Moyes wins all the EPL games in the rest of the season there is no escaping the fact that he is a boy sent to do a man’s job. Sir Alex chose him because Sir Alex can control Moyes (can you imagine Sir Alex choosing Mourinho or Guardiola …and telling them what to do ??) and Sir Alex should be held accountable – however both Ed Woodward and Joel + Avram Glazer are too intimidated by Sir Alex to force the issue.
    There is a reason Sir Alex implored the fans to be patient with David Moyes – because in his heart Sir Alex knew that Moyes was not up to the task.
    Would Sir Alex have asked the fans to be patient if he had chosen Guardiola or Mourinho as the new manager? Of course not.
    So ask yourself ….why did Sir Alex ask Man U supporters to be patient with David Moyes?
    As a team/squad, Man U require a total re-build to include 6-8 new and proven world-class players that will cost at least 200million pounds. While this sounds like a lot of money it is not; as the Glazers have spent very little money on talent since Man U lost to Barcelona in 2011 (a loss that would have been taken as an urgent red flag by any other team with aspirations to win both their domestic league and the champions league …but ignored by Sir Alex, Mr. Woodward and Joel and Avram).
    The only solace that Man U supporters have is that because of their lackadaisical and disdainful attitude towards the supporters, the Glazer family have lost over US$600million in the market capitalization of the Club – and if the match loses keep mounting and Man U finish outside the top four, then the total loss may be as high as US$1.0billion by the summer of 2014.
    The sooner Sir Alex appoints a new manager (Lucien Favre) and empower him with the job of the complete rebuild the better.
    “The Chosen One” must become “The Sacked One”.

  2. Keep it going agent moyes ! You are doing a wonderfull job mission almost complete , a very very happy supporter and liverpool fan