In his last address to the Old Trafford faithful Sir Alex Ferguson implored them to stick by the new Manchester United manager, David Moyes.
When he said this he must have known that a day like Wednesday night was going to
Manchester United, a footballing behemoth, suffered a first home loss in over two decades to Everton. To make matters worse this is the new manager's old club.
You could almost feel the pencils or keyboards sharpening. The stories almost write themselves.
Manchester United shouldn't have appointed David Moyes. Look at Everton they should have appointed Roberto Martinez the manager who has got the boys from the blue half of Merseyside playing like Brazilians. Let's ignore the fact that Martinez is also the man who got Wigan Athletic relegated.
Let's inject some calm into the debate regarding Manchester United. Firstly, the Red Devils are replacing Ferguson a manager without peers. No one could come in and immediately live up to the standards Ferguson set. It is foolish to expect this of Moyes.
Now lets move onto more specifics. Why are Manchester United in the position they are? In large part it is because the personnel are not up to it. Moyes cannot be blamed for this either.
In attack, United have real quality and the defence doesn't look too shabby. The midfield however, does not have enough quality to compete because for whatever reason the funds have not been invested in this most important area.
Prior to signing Marouane Fellaini the last midfielder Manchester United had signed was Paul Scholes on a free transfer when he came out of retirement.
Compare Moyes's midfield options to Arsenal's, Chelsea's, or Manchester City's, and there is no comparison either on the wings or through the middle - Manchester United are inferior.
Yet this is essentially the same midfield that just won the title is the obvious reply. The answer to this is simple. Ferguson was a genius who got consistent levels of performance beyond the talents of the players.
Historically, Manchester United pride themselves on fast attack wing play. The wingers at Moyes' disposal are hardly of the quality to sweep the division before them.
They consist of a young Adnan Januzaj who needs protection against burnout. Wilfred Zaha who has done nothing in his brief appearances to warrant selection.
Antonio Valencia - whose attacking skills consist of knocking it past the defender and running - sometimes effective, but nothing a top quality full-back cannot defend against.
Nani, who is perhaps the most inconsistent player in the division, and Ashley Young, whose only currently discernible talents seem to be giving the ball away and diving. None of these wingers are going to win Manchester United a title with anyone but Ferguson.
If possible, things get worse with the central midfield. Ryan Giggs is at an age where he can no longer play every game. Michael Carrick - as good as he is - has become twice the player in his absence.
Darren Fletcher is a long term absence, and Tom Cleverley who seems out of his depth. Anderson, who by all accounts is too unfit to play, and Fellaini the new signing who has been dumped into this paper tiger midfield.
Moyes cannot be blamed for these long-term problems and it would be unfair to expect him to have solved them this soon. So what can a realistic Manchester United fan do?
Look at the Everton team that just won at Old Trafford, they aren't too bad. Almost all of them were Moyes' players playing for a club he took from perennial relegation candidates to European qualification contenders with little money.
Stick with Moyes he's a good bet to build a team that will play like Fergie's boys. I mean it was only last week that they smashed five past the second placed team in Germany.
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