It was always going to be difficult for David Moyes to replicate the success of Sir Alex Ferguson. It was not assumed however that it would be this difficult.
A failure in the transfer market signalled the trend of things to come. Before that there was a total overhaul of the back-room staff and such a restructuring is bound to have an effect on the output of the players.
Then there was Moyes' candid and honest opinion that he would rely on older players like Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand for guidance in Europe. While that is honesty in its purest form, it betrays a lack of experience and confidence. Such honesty was bound to backfire because no one wants to play for a manager who is not confident. If the manager is not confident, who will install the confidence in the group?
Again, there was the Wayne Rooney saga. Moyes fought hard to ensure the number 10 remained at Old Trafford for at least another season. For that he must receive commendation, as the rewards of that have been many.
More recently though there is the question over Moyes' training programmes. It is no news that the Scot insists on endurance training and that involves a lot of running. While Robin van Persie has been critical of his methods, Rooney has been reported to enjoy the sessions. But the following facts speak for themselves:
- Robin van Persie has struggled all season with niggling toe and groin injuries; he has featured only three times since November 10 and has blamed his injury woes on Moyes' methods prompting an enquiry from the Dutch FA.
- Michael Carrick has been out for a while with an Achilles problem; his absence is a result of being overplayed and possibly, over trained too.
- Marouane Fellaini has not actually played much but his wrist surgery only adds to the growing list of players on the treatment table. While it may not be a training injury, Moyes is responsible for an over priced underperformer.
- Wayne Rooney is the latest to succumb to injury that further questions the training observed at their Carrington base. He will be out with a groin injury for a while, and Moyes will have to face questions.
And in all, he must take responsibility because he is the manager. But as this writer said in this piece a few months ago, United should be patient and wait for success under Moyes.
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