2013/14 looks to be a very exciting season, with new managers for the top three clubs from last year’s English Premier League: Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The biggest question mark though, is actually on Manchester United who finished first by a very comfortable 11 points. The day Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, a day every Manchester United fan dreaded for years has finally come, and all of a sudden, as strange as it may seem to many, new boss David Moyes is calling the shots.
David Moyes was with Everton 11 years and is no stranger to the Premier League. Whereas Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City’s new manager has no experience with English football having managed teams in Chile, Argentina and Spain.
Meanwhile José Mourinho, probably the most experienced of the three, has re-united with Chelsea after a five year absence. But it seems that the biggest concern surrounds the one who has been here for over a decade?
It appears the big shoes Moyes is trying to fill are not getting any smaller and as the transfer window is getting shorter, the pressure is getting higher. Pressure not only from fans, but from United’s fierce rivals, Chelsea and Manchester City who are strengthening their squads with some young and very talented players.
Manchester city have already strengthened their squad tremendously, spending a whopping £98 million pounds on striker Stevan Jovetic, forward Álvaro Negredo, midfielder Fernandinho and right winger Jesús Navas.
These additions will surely compensate for Manuel Pellegrini’s inexperience in the Premier League.
Chelsea have been pretty active themselves, strengthening their already gifted squad, with the likes of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, striker André Schürrle, midfielder Marko van Ginkel and other talented players.
With very savvy, experienced and let us not forget the “special one”, José Mourinho, they are surely going to be favourites for the upcoming season.
Manchester United on the other hand have been looking rocky this summer and for those who had their doubts about the new boss' inexperience, David Moyes has not given any of these doubters reassurances.
United’s transfer window is looking more and more as an inexperienced embarrassment and other than the addition of right back Guillermo Varela, the big giants have been as quiet as a mouse.
Getting rid of unwanted players has also been troublesome and the club cannot seem to get rid of their unwanted players such as Nani, Anderson, and Young.
And if that wasn’t enough, to add to the already troubled summer, Moyes cannot seem to keep his existing squad at hand with Wayne Rooney, one of Manchester United’s biggest talents threatening to defect to already strong rivals Chelsea.
So what went wrong? If David Moyes could have stepped into a time machine and taken this summer back, what do you think he should have done better?
For one he should have never taken such a long vacation, relying on things to happen in his absence. Yes, surely he was on the phone daily with his personnel but is it the same as being present?
Secondly he should have never fired as many of Ferguson’s staff. With Alex Ferguson and David Gill stepping down simultaneously, the club has already taken a blow and further changes would have only made things worse.
In addition, Moyes should have realised the importance of the scouting department and acted much faster! He should have pressed on the young talent that was up for grabs - Kevin Strootman is a good example.
If Thiago was ever a target, he should have submitted an offer and had things done and sealed quickly. After all isn’t talent such as Thiago a ‘no brainer’?
Another thing David surely would have taken back is his comment regarding Wayne Rooney playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie. Rooney has been with the club almost 10 years and has given it his very best. Can you blame him for feeling disrespected?
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