A nightmare start to the season for Manchester United with only three wins from their opening eight games has left the soon to be dethroned champions of England in eighth place behind David Moyes’ previous team Everton.
By now the cries of fans worldwide for the manager’s head would have been well heard, yet that is not the United way. Keeping the faith and building success over longevity has been key to the Red Devils' triumphs in the past and chances are there will be no changing of management in the near future.
How is it possible that a team which took the title with such conviction the previous season are struggling even after seemingly strengthening the squad with a couple of players? The cracks were there to be seen last season, and with the absence of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson – United are slipping this season.
They might have addressed their lack of steel in midfield with the addition of Belgian holding midfielder Marouane Fellaini and added two potentially gifted wingers in Wilfried
Zaha and Adnan Januzaj (who certainly acts as a new signing), but the overall lack of quality in the squad as a whole is not doing any favours for the manager.
Wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have done nothing to convince the United faithful that they are top quality. As senior players in the squad, they pale in comparison to the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, David Silva, Jesus Navas and a number of wide players in rival teams. Their standards and quality of performances are simply not good enough for United and perhaps once the season is over, the manager should be looking into offloading them in search for quality replacements.
Central midfielders, Tom Cleverley and Anderson offer a limited range of passing and technique. Albeit their energy levels are good, but their ability to break down defences are still not as good as players such as Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, Oscar and others from rival teams. Their defensive capabilities also do not rival those of Yaya Toure, Paulinho, Sandro, Ramires and a couple of others. Mediocre seems to be the perfect word to describe these two and unless they make drastic improvements to their technical ability and add value to the team, they should also be probably offloaded at the end of the season.
United legend Ryan Giggs should also perhaps call it time on his playing career as he seems to be operating on borrowed time. His ageing legs and his inability to commit to the physicality of certain challenges due to safeguarding himself, does not make him a viable choice on the field. Perhaps concentrating solely on his coaching duties while imparting invaluable knowledge and experiences to the squad would suit the former wing wizard of Old Trafford.
United cannot continue its over-dependence on the every consistent Michael Carrick. David Moyes should be looking to play Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa on a more regular basis if he wishes to keep the talented midfielder and also to get the team ticking when going forward.
Lastly, defender Rio Ferdinand has not been performing consistently as well. His lack of speed makes him a defensive liability in the fast paced conditions of the EPL.
It could be an emotional attachment to the players or the delusion in the belief that they will perform and improve with time. New manager Moyes should learn to cut the losses at United and strengthen the squad over the next summer break. There is no room for senseless sentiment in player retention and selection. At the end of the day, the club and the fans suffer the poor results. Facts and performances speak for themselves and it is time the manager is bold enough to ring the changes.
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