Manchester United had their most difficult start to a season, and have accumulated their lowest points total since the 1989/90 season.
They haven’t scored in open play in the last five Premier League games. Wow! All blame goes to their new manager, David Moyes, and rightly so.
But, shouldn’t the departing manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, bear some of the brunt? After all, he recommended the former Everton boss.
Clearly, Moyes is an average manager. He is not known for tactical brilliance nor is he known for some special qualities. I guess Fergie underestimated his own managerial abilities. He forgot how good he was or rather wanted us to notice how good he was.
By winning the league with a healthy 11 points gap, Fergie believed he left a strong and good team for Moyes. However, Moyes recently admitted, Manchester United aren’t good enough, especially in Europe.
Now, the current United manager is struggling with the same squad that just won the league title with 11 clear points. This means, Fergie is a genius or Moyes isn’t good enough – I guess both.
Should Fergie be blamed? Yes. What was Sir Alex’s criteria in recommending Moyes? Well, Fergie claimed Moyes built a below par Everton team to a very competitive Premier League club using a modest budget.
He also claimed Moyes could nurture/develop young talents. But Moyes didn’t help himself by some bizarre choices and decisions he took during and after the summer.
His inept handling of transfer targets during the summer and his team selections are giving even the most ardent United supporters doubt that he can manage the club.
What Ferguson never took into consideration is how huge and different managing Manchester United is to Everton. The mentality at the two clubs is completely different. At United, mediocrity is not acceptable. It’s not by mistake Moyes never won a trophy at Goodison Park.
Most Red Devils fans are supporting Moyes, hoping he gets it right. But, should his spell become unsuccessful at Old Trafford, his appointment should be considered one of few error in judgments made by Ferguson.
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