Manchester United continued their nightmare start to the season this past weekend as Dejan Lovren struck an 89th minute equaliser for Southampton at Old Trafford.
After the 1-1 draw at the Theatre of Dreams, David Moyes’ side now trail league leaders Arsenal by eight points, after just eight games.
And, with just three Premier League wins all season, many questions have been asked of the current English champions?
But, who is to blame?
To put the blame on Moyes alone would be wrong – the United manager has made mistakes already, but he is learning the job and certainly isn’t the finished article just yet.
However, the Red Devils boss doesn’t have a great deal of time to learn the trade. He needs to analyse what has gone wrong so far and quickly put it right. He is no longer at Everton, but now at one of the biggest clubs in world football, so must realise he has to adapt with the role.
He’s certainly made mistakes tactically this season. Bringing on Ryan Giggs and Chris Smalling for Nani and Wayne Rooney this past weekend certainly came back to haunt him.
United fans are also desperate for the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Wilfried Zaha and Javier Hernandez to play, so maybe the United boss needs to mix things up.
But the biggest problem for Moyes is his players – and arguably that’s not his fault. Of course it was going to take some getting used to for the players after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, the so called stars that are currently representing the Red Devils, are the reigning champions of England and they have just not been good enough.
And they can’t blame that on the managerial change - they are playing for Manchester United, a team covered in great history and success.
That should be enough motivation.
Except for a select few, near enough every player is under-performing and not playing at the standard set of the club. They need to become leaders on the pitch again and take the game to each of their opponents.
The players seem as if they are feeling sorry for themselves and they lack motivation. This can’t continue or United may genuinely fine themselves out of the top four come May.But then Moyes and the players aren’t the only ones to blame.
The United hierarchy, Ed Woodward and quite possibly the Glazers should also take blame.
The summer was a disaster. United should have bought out Moyes’ contract at Goodison Park, so he could have began his tenure before July 1.
Moyes wasn’t given enough time to get his bearings around the place before having to head out on a pre-season tour to Bangkok, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
It’s all well and good for the United hierarchy to further increase the club’s global fan base, but this summer, priorities should have been different.
The United boss needed to address his squad and take time to set his sights on his transfer targets.
Instead he was travelling around the world, with half a team and losing to the likes of Yokohama F-Marinos.
Not really ideal for Moyes or his players.
Then, when United did pursue players, they certainly didn’t do it the right way. Openly discussing the likes of Cesc Fabreagas was a mistake.
The Barcelona ace never looked likely to arrive at Old Trafford and the Red Devils put in wasted time trying to convince the Spanish star to come to Manchester.
The entire club needs to step up and be counted and start acting like the giants they really are, or they could continue in a downward spiral.