THREE Reasons Why Moyes Is Failing At Manchester United

THREE Reasons Why Moyes Is Failing At Manchester United

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No matter how one looks at it, the current situation at Manchester United is a mess, and it seems all the blame is squarely on the shoulders of David Moyes. We all knew that Manchester United would go through a transitional period after the great Sir Alex Ferguson called it quits after 26 years at Old Trafford. I don’t think anybody envisioned United 7th in the table, struggling to even make it in the top 4.

Injuries- Bad Luck, or Bad Training Regime?

It seems like United supporters have given up hope on this season and more importantly, on David Moyes. He has had problems from the very beginning. One of the biggest problems is that United has been unable to cope with the injuries all over the field. United’s two prolific strikers, Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have both missed games throughout the campaign. But all teams go through injuries, so surely that cannot save his job.

Changing Lineups

Another big dilemma Moyes has faced, is that in the month of February, he still does not know what his best eleven is. Vidic and Ferdinand have only played in 6 premier league games together and to be fair, look off the pace. Smalling has been a fill in right back, as well as a centerback. Phil Jones, currently injured, seems to be preferred in central midfield. Patrice Evra at left back has been the most consistent of the backline, but even he has struggled to defend this season.

Teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal seem to just about know their best eleven and have a set formation. United, on the other hand, seems to prefer a 4-4-2 but lack a sense of width when Mata plays on the wing. But Mata has to play on the wing to allow Rooney to play either alongside Van Persie or play in the “hole” behind him. Yes, Mata was a fantastic player at Valencia out on the wing, but he is not a traditional winger. He likes to play centrally, which makes United even more narrow.

Whatever the case may be, United seems to lack creativity in the final third, unlike the top teams in the EPL. Watching United on a consistent basis this season, I have noticed that Moyes alters his formations numerous times throughout a game. Rooney, who starts as a forward in games, by the last ten minutes, is moved back to central midfield to allow Welbeck or “Chicharito” Hernandez to come on as a sub. Moyes needs to figure out his best eleven and his set formation now, or he will be looking at possibly Europa League next season at best.

Struggling to Motivate his Players

It is easy to blame the manager for the problems but the players are just as responsible as Moyes. He is struggling to get the best out of his players, something that Sir Alex Ferguson did so well. The players need to play better and show the quality they possess and prove why they belong at Manchester United.

With that being said, many supporters of United want Moyes sacked. Fans are not accustomed to sitting 7th in the table. I think Manchester United knew that they were going to struggle some when Sir Alex retired and Moyes stepped in. Moyes was hired as a long term move, and although they may not play in the Champions League next season, I believe he will get time to turn this historic club around.

Firing Moyes is the Wrong Move

It is easy for people to say Moyes should be fired, but if the Glazer family makes that move now, they would most likely have to bring in an interim manager for the rest of the season and then have to look for a replacement. And sacking Moyes does not guarantee things getting better. I was never in favor of the Moyes hiring from the beginning, but United made this move because he knew the EPL, he succeeded at Everton, but more importantly, because he was viewed as a long term replacement.

United hired Moyes for years down the road, not just for a year or two. If they wanted a short term replacement, they would have gone after “The Special One,” also known as Jose’ Mourinho. When one thinks about United, it is about the history and tradition and the stability. Although it hurts United supporters to hear that Moyes needs more time and that this is a transitional period, it is the reality of the situation. Moyes just needs to grind out results and make a push for the top 4 and then have a summer transfer window to sell, but more importantly, to bring in players that will suit his style of play. Manchester United is a mess right now, but give Moyes until the end of the season before even pondering about making a change and cutting their losses.

Do you agree, should Moyes remain at Manchester United?

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13 COMMENTS

  1. My 3 reasons why Moyes is failing:
    1) He has no success in 11 years against his name
    2) Moyes tactics comes with a Plan A, B & C and goes like this…If plan A is not working, kick in plan B which is to try harder at Plan A, if plan B is not working, kick in plan C which is to try even harder at Plan A and train harder on the training ground
    3) He has poor people management skills and is old school in his thinking

    My 2 reasons why Moyes thinks he is succeeding at Man U:
    1) Man U is in 7th spot – a position he has always aspired to as his greatest achievement at Everton
    2) Moyes got a 200% pay cheque increase since move from Everton…..he sure is having the last laugh while the team and us have to feel the brunt of his stupidity and diabolical way of managing

  2. Moyes needs to go in the summer.
    What is so disheartening is that under Moyes, Man U were eliminated from the Capital One Cup by a team in the bottom three and then they were eliminated from the FA Cup by a team facing relegation and just a few days ago they could not break down a team that was in last place and yesterday they could not even score a goal against a team that was crushed by Liverpool 5-1.
    I do agree that now is not the right time to sack Moyes as a replacement for his job needs to be found first (Lucien Favre from BM).
    Over the next few years Man U supporters are going to experience what Liverpool and Arsenal have experienced over the past many years – no matches in Europe and no silverware.
    At least the Glazer’s are honest about their “god”. It is money and only money. As long as they are making money, they could care less about the supporters and about putting a quality entertainment product on the field.
    Just look at how they have managed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (the other sports team they own) ….who have finished in last place every year for the past FIVE years.
    This attitude will now be inflicted on Man U so get ready for it.

  3. (1) Man U should replace Moyes in the summer (after they have finished in 6th place) with Lucien Favre (BM) because,
    (2) Man U need to build their future spine around german/slav players and therefore they need a manager who has proven he can do this …because,
    (3) Since Wayne Rooney there has not been one new world-class footballer in England (there is a reason England is ranked 13th in the world – they do not have world class players),
    (4) Moyes was chosen because Sir Alex can control his fellow Scotsman …which is of paramount importance to Sir Alex.
    (5) The fault for the current woeful squad lies with Ed Woodward and Sir Alex and they will never have to account for themselves.
    (6) As a result of finishing out of the top 5, all of Man U’s sponsor and merchandising contracts will be heavily discounted and the Glazer’s will loose hundreds of millions of dollars – making it difficult to go out and spend the required US$300 million to buy new players and get rid of the stinkers – Rafael, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Smalling, Vidic, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Fletcher, Valencia and Fellaini …as none of these players are good enough to be on a team that aspires to win both the Premiere League and the Champions League.

  4. sir alex started the problem bcause since 2009 after barcelona disgraceful final with us in champions league he should ve known that paul scholes was wearing out. then 2011 he allowed another disgraceful final again against the same barca. last year he didn’t leave a formidable team before he retired like bayer munich coach did before he handed over to guardiola. sir alex spent huge money on useless players like smalling,&young, and not only that he was using man utd as england pottery where they breed useless england players likes tom,smalling,welbeck,young,jones, and fletcher because he is scotish. check order english giants if they have the number of english player like us.tribalism exist in old trafford and that’s what kill the team. foregn players are playing well in other team why english players are killing our team. check arsenal,chelsea and man city and tell me about their midfield,they are all foreign players do so well in their midfield. compare fletcher,tom,carrick and welbeck and tell me if they can play in any of the above mentioned teams. sir handed over to moyes whose only trohpy remains 7th or 8th position. i wonder why fans still go to old trafford to buy ticket and watch heart breaking matches

  5. Moyes is managing the Champions of England who won the league comfortably last season and with four new signings ie Fletcher coming back, Fellaini, Mata and ypong Januzaj he shopuld be doing a lot better than he is.
    to me it seems that Moyes is out of his depth.
    With Woodward he keeps going for players whose contracts are running out and mention Manchester Uniteed, as if they are interested. When in fact they are using United to bolster their new contract.
    Inexperienced Woodward and Moyes fall for it every time because they have never been involved in a big club before.
    You can blame Fergie for this becauswe Moyes is Scots and comes from the same city as Fergie and it is like MUTV it is run by all Scots.

    Trevor from Northwich

    • sir alex started the problem bcause since 2009 after barcelona disgraceful final with us in champions league he should ve known that paul scholes was wearing out. then 2011 he allowed another disgraceful final again against the same barca. last year he didn’t leave a formidable team before he retired like bayer munich coach did before he handed over to guardiola. sir alex spent huge money on useless players like smalling,&young, and not only that he was using man utd as england pottery where they breed useless england players likes tom,smalling,welbeck,young,jones, and fletcher because he is scotish. check order english giants if they have the number of english player like us.tribalism exist in old trafford and that’s what kill the team. foregn players are playing well in other team why english players are killing our team. check arsenal,chelsea and man city and tell me about their midfield,they are all foreign players do so well in their midfield. compare fletcher,tom,carrick and welbeck and tell me if they can play in any of the above mentioned teams. sir handed over to moyes whose only trohpy remains 7th or 8th position. i wonder why fans still go to old trafford to buy ticket and watch heart breaking matches

  6. Decent comment but I would make three points
    1 United have been disorganised all season with players often running around out of position.
    2 The players have not been motivated this indicates that Moyes has not had the dressing room. Unsurprising really when his first actions are to criticise the senior players as not good enough and needing replacement. This is bad management in any organisation.
    3 Moyes is often praised for his success at Everton (where he won nothing). He did, it was thought, enable Everton to punch above their weight. However, Martinez has encouraged the team to perform better.
    4 Finally I often hear that ‘Moyes is a good manager and needs time’. This normally comes from a supporter of a rival team. When asked if they would like to swop managers none would – even a West Ham supporter. I think that says it all.

    It would be great for Moyes to be a success I do not wish him ill but currently he is a failure and I would have liked to see him replaced before the transfer window.

    • YEAH I SUPPORT YOU. BECAUSE MOYES HAS WON HIS TROPHY ALREADY THAT IS THE 7TH POSITION, THAT IS HIS TROPHY EVERY YEAR. THEY SHOULD BRING RIJKAAD,KLOOP, IMIONE OR EVEN RDM(DE MATEO) TO TAKE OVER FROM HIM. MAN UTD IS BIGGER THAN HIM

  7. I think Moyes should should change the formation to a 4-2-3-1 with Van Persie up top Rooney, Mata and Kagawa in behind, the creativity and skill of their short passing will open teams up in the middle and then use the full backs to push down the flanks?

      • At this moment of time we should of been starting with JANUZAJ every game.
        In the last few games he has come on with 10-20 minutes to go we all c how attacking he is.
        I’m not saying the results would be any better , but DM needs his best team out from start , he has to be in his first 4-5 names on the team sheet.

  8. MOYES SHOULD FORM MATA,ROONEY,RVP AND JANUZAJ PARTNERSHIP NOT PLAYING ALL THIS ENGLAND BOYS THAT DOES NOT KNOW THEIR RIGHT FROM LEFT E.G TOM,FLETCHER,WELBECK,YOUNG AND SMALLING. MOYES SHOULD PLAY 4:3:3 FORMATION WHERE BY CARRICK,MATA AND KAGAWA ON THE MID FIELD THEN ALLOW JANUZAJ,ROONE AND RVP TO LEAD ATTACK. THATS THE BEST FORMATION FOR NOW

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