After their latest defeat - Manchester United are resurrecting old runs they dare not repeat.
A 2-1 loss in the Capital One Cup tie against Sunderland the other night has now added up to three consecutive losses in all competitions for the Red Devils. This is the first time in nearly 13 years this has been the case, but to open up a new calendar year this way is a massive dent on the club's confidence.
This has now increased the percentage to a worryingly high 25% loss rate this season. Who is to blame? Could it be David Moyes, with his new backroom staff and alternative tactics? Or could it be the players, without the infamous 'Hair-dryer' treatment motivating Sir Alex Ferguson to kick them into touch?
It was obvious straight away this was not going to be an easy ride. For any manager to take over a Premier League club is no simple task, but this was not just any manager - this is one Sir Alex chose himself. David Moyes did a fantastic job at Everton for 11 long years, consistently keeping them in the top eight teams, always slowly improving and not on the kind of money other top ten teams may get in the league.
Already you can see the contrast between his former team and his current. He has inherited a championship winning team, a squad of players that have been used only months before to secure the Premier League.
Lots of fans were dictating the transfers needed to be right, they needed to see more creativity midfield, his response to this was Belgian international Marouane Fellaini. This didn't seem the signing they needed at all.
I do not question the abilities of the clearly talented Fellaini, but United have always been an attacking team, go for the jugular and show no mercy. I couldn't see this being improved by a more sturdy and solid box-to-box midfielder. I remember on transfer deadline day thinking Arsenal and United may have received each other's transfers, German international Mesut Özil being the creativity United needed and Fellaini being the hard-working, potentially holding midfielder Arsenal needed.
As some may question the transfers, there is no questioning their form at home. Always renowned as a fortress, Old Trafford is no longer the place it used to be. Only winning a disappointing four games out of ten at home so far in the league, teams are heading to the sacred Manchester stadium expecting to come away with at least a point. The still fresh reign of David Moyes seems very similar to that of Roy Hodgson at Liverpool only a few seasons ago. Both took over huge European giants with a massive success of history, even fan bases that dwarfed any club, but only seemed to go into every match hoping not to lose.
There are many, many reasons you could say for the decline of United, but it is not all doom and gloom.
The newly recognised prodigy that is Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj, is blossoming into a player any club would be proud of. He is contributing assists, goals and is a slippery-fish to mark. On top of that we are currently in a January transfer window and even though Moyes insists he is not buying, I'd keep an eye out just in case.
Manchester United are a club that only knows glory. Things may look bleak right now, but the fans are solidly behind Moyes and it has to get worse before it gets better. I personally think it won't take long before the United you know resurface, watch this space.
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