Manchester United must improve their game to a very large extent, particularly after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Southampton at the weekend.
Other rival clubs would be absolutely delighted at their poor run of form. United, who currently lie in eighth place, could use the January transfer window to their potential advantage and end up pushing their claims for honours this season. It would take a lot of weight off of David Moyes’ shoulders as the Scot looks to replicate the success of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Other than that, United need to put in place that fear factor that most clubs had when going into the grounds of Old Trafford. United look flimsy and weak, and clubs are exploiting their low morale, despite not showing it, players and other managers of different clubs are looking to exploit it to take away a crucial three points, or at least a point from Old Trafford when they play Manchester United.
To replicate the fear factor United had looming around them when Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager, David Moyes needs to manipulate the January transfer window to bring in players that have that spark about them and are willing to play to win, unlike the current squad who look deflated and demoralised, all except for Rooney, who looks like he’s in the form of his life.
As well as that, Moyes needs to address the issue of Shinji Kagawa not receiving enough game time for the Red Devils, and yet he played so much under Ferguson. His unhappiness could be stinking up the atmosphere in the changing room, and a good changing room atmosphere is crucial to a successful club now and in the future. Addressing the issue of Kagawa is significant, and could solve a big problem for United. He was crucial last season and played a big part in the success of Ferguson’s side, who took out the Premier League title, and added another accolade to the prestigious Scot’s collection.
United lack the lust of goals when going forward, and only sparks of those were shown during their 1-1 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford on the weekend and they must recreate that spark and hunger for goals to recreate their success and become dominant in England.
It all cannot be done by Moyes, as he can only control the tactics, transfers and all other off field issues, but whatever goes happens on the pitch is controlled by the players, particularly the captain and vice captain. It is out of Moyes’ hands what happens on field, but he does have influence of what happens right up until the match starts.
Critique of Moyes is slightly unwarranted, and most should go to the United players for lacking the lust of goals, and the lack of lust and hunger for wins.
There is more work to do off-field, then to do on field. Once the off-field drama is sorted, play should resume as normal and United should go fine whilst on the pitch, however it’s difficult to say that it could be because of Moyes’ tactics that United are losing, or the fact that they’re going through a transitional phase.
It will take time for the players and coach to adjust, even so, they should have adjusted by now, a whole pre season and nearly ten games into the new season of the Premier League, you’d expect them to be perfectly coherent and scoring goals, defending titles like no tomorrow. Of course bringing off Rooney for Smalling, and Fellaini for Welbeck isn’t the best tactical move ever, and it’s never a good idea to hold on to a 1-0 lead, especially at home, does let you question the tactics.
For United fans sake, hopefully the team picks itself up and acts like the title winning team they are, if not, a lot of work needs to be done to improve.
Most of it is off field as stated, and the rest is on field. Time will dictate what happens, and time isn’t on United’s side.
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