In some corners of the internet and pubs, I’ve heard a few cheeky souls blaming Sir Alex Ferguson for the current misfortunes at Manchester United.
They have suggested that Fergie knew that his current team was on its last legs and wanted to leave on a high whilst he could, leaving both his successor and the club in a rotten situation and thus perhaps elevating his status even further.
This to me seems utterly preposterous! Sir Alex clearly loved the club as he managed it for 26 years and wouldn’t want to leave the club in a bad situation. To my mind, Fergie realised that the club required a reboot and due to his age maybe thought United could do with fresh guidance to see this new era through.
It’s not like he left the club in dire straits – I mean the team still has Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, emerging talents like Rafael da Silva, David de Gea and Phil Jones and experienced professionals like Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
He knew it needed tweaking and thought now was the ideal time to give someone else the chance to take the club forward and mould the club in their image.
Poor Summer Transfer Window?
A club with United’s global reach, although they may not have the financial muscle of say a Real Madrid, PSG or Manchester City, can still go out there and splash the cash.
It is clear from the start to this season, Ferguson worked miracles with the squad and serious investment was needed over the summer to strengthen an aging back four and an entire new midfield. United were linked with all sorts of players over the summer but only Marouane Fellaini arrived. Not only has he not cut it so far, but he wasn’t enough!
As Adnan Januzaj has been United’s best player on the wings, why was something not done to get rid of the dead-wood on the wings and bring in someone capable of terrifying defences with their combination of skill and pace? I could go on much further about the transfer policy.
It has been well documented that Moyes seems to have increased the intensity of the training sessions and while Rooney has prospered, Van Persie hasn’t. It is suspected that this change in training is at least a contributing factor to his injury problems this season and the first half against Fulham is evidence enough that when those two click, not much can be done to stop them. If those two were fit, I doubt United would be in their current predicament.
Another thing worth mentioning is that under Ferguson, United were known for scoring late goals yet under Moyes, United seem to be known for conceding them. Late goals conceded against Southampton, Cardiff and Everton have cost United 7 points this season, putting them just outside the “Top 4”. Some put this down to Moyes’ defensive mentality but could it be linked to the intense training sessions leaving them tired late in games?
In conclusion, I believe it is a combination of the transfer window and Moyes. I just hope that United can get things right in January so the club can move forward, otherwise both Moyes and the club might be in trouble.
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