It was a shock to the footballing world when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement on May 8 this year, but a shock we all knew was coming.
The immediate question on everyones lips was who would replace him? The two strongest candidates for the job were Jose Mourinho and David Moyes, in the end they went with Moyes.
The former Everton man had a very impressive 11 years in charge of Everton, however he failed to win a single trophy in his time there, which caused some doubt amongst the Manchester United fans when he was appointed.
There was always going to be a transition for Manchester post Sir Alex but few people would have suspected the Premier League champions to be in the position they are in. They currently lie 9th in the table, 13 points off league leaders Arsenal.
I believe the reasons they have been struggling thus far are:
- Failing to buy in the summer transfer window
- An ageing team
- Coping without Sir Alex Ferguson
- Too much speculation surrounding top players
Even before there was a whiff Ferguson retiring the Manchester United team was heading towards the end of its peak. However whilst Sir Alex Ferguson was so capable that he managed to get that extra 20% from players, Moyes does not posses such power and his side are struggling because of it.
His first big job as manager was to get new players in to rejuvenate his side. He successfully signed one of his former players Marouane Fellaini, who has failed to reciprocate his Everton form for the Red Devils.
From watching them this year I would say they need change in their team. For me they need two more midfielders; one that can protect the back four and one to create and run at the defences.
It will be interesting to see how he approaches the winter transfer window and whether he will panic buy or turn the ship around and get Manchester United into the top four. At the moment it looks like it could quite easily be the first.
They key problem for me is that the majority of Manchester United's key players are on the wrong side of 30:
Robin Van Persie - 30
Rio Ferdinand - 35
Patrice Evra- 32
Nemanja Vidic- 32
Ryan Giggs - 40
Michael Carrick - 32
When fit all six of these players start for the club and a vital for the team. Many fans blame Sir Alex for leaving the club in this state and not leaving the club with a host of youth talent to succeed the first-team stars.
Overall I think that Manchester should stick by David Moyes, he did very well at Everton despite have no money. In January they do have the money to improve their side so it will only be a matter of time before the current Premier League champions are back at the top of the league.
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