As a Manchester United fan, I was constantly frustrated this season by the lack of consistency and drive that had allowed Sir Alex Ferguson to win the title by a large margin.
So I wondered, who is to blame for our poor position in the league? After a while of debating with myself, I figured no one really, because everybody has a part in it.
Why do I say that? Because last season United produced an incredible display of determination, one from the humiliation of losing the league title the season before that. It was that drive, and also the technical brilliance from Robin van Persie that won us the league. But with Van Persie injured, and Wayne Rooney unable to carry the team all the time, this season has shown the weaknesses of United and brutally stamped them down.
A lot of people put the blame on David Moyes, but I say he simply doesn't deserve to shoulder all the blame.
The one criticism you can put on David Moyes is that he has not installed that sense of hunger for success which Alex Ferguson did. But there is limitations to what a manager can do.The players on the other hand, are not necessarily playing bad, but are lacking that drive to win games and grinding results out when needed.
However you cannot expect players to provide top-notch performances every game, you can only praise them for doing well.
So if no one is to blame, what can be done?
One thing for sure is to field new players, players who would do something different, who can inspire the rest of the squad and give them the spirit they had last year.
A great example of that is Adnan Januzaj. He is an great example of an individual with the skill required to give that inspiration in fellow teammates and fans alike. He is doing something different, he is unpredictable and can produce flashes of brilliance when everything looks dull.
This effect is what United need to get their season back on track. Although it would be difficult to say that United still have a chance in winning the league, getting back into the top four should not be a problem. To produce that effect David Moyes must buy new players and not just any player; one which can inspire the team.
The player? A midfielder. A midfielder that United have been crying out for which can produce the unexpected. Marouane Fellaini looked hardly the one to do that, and Moyes has learnt the lesson.
Names such as Koke, Juan Mata or even Everton Ribeiro would be a sensible signing, or in my belief, what exactly is needed for United to regain their position in the top four.
Other possible signings such as Fabio Coentrao or Marco Reus would benefit United even more, with the former close to signing for United in summer. Although I have doubts about United having the pulling power to bring in the latter.
So my fellow fans, stop blaming Moyes and instead continue to support him, I'm sure United's season will only get better from here. Moyes is doing everything he can, and if no signings come in, do not go calling for his neck, because look at what panic buying Fellaini has done? Nothing really.
In any case, I would be surprised if United do not bounce back their season from here, in that case serious questions would have to be asked about the players and not David Moyes.
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