GMS Academy member Matthias Kristensen asks the big question - can Manchester United turn their season around?
No. Simply not. With just 12 games remaining it seems an impossible task for the champions.
There are several reasons for this hypothesis: -The impact of the departure of Alex Ferguson, and how he left the club, current form and lack world-class players, and finally David Moyes, and the time he needs to adapt.
Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in the history of football: 38 trophies in just 26 years.
The longest ever serving Manchester United manager, and adored in the eyes of all fans.
However, his shoes are infinitely difficult to fill. David Moyes was frankly given a sensationally difficult job, and despite the aid and influence of Sir Alex which accompanied his appointment, he has had his fair share of despair.
In fact, if you examine the situation more carefully, it appears that Sir Alex left the club in tatters. He squeezed out one more league title, the last league title, from his squad. He exploited all the talents of his elderly players and the experience of Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Robin Van Persie. These players have all faced the consequences of ageing under Moyes, and the demise of the club is down to the expiration of the players. Take Chelsea, for example, they have constructed a team for the next decade, buying lots of young players with potential, on the chance that they fulfil it.
The current form of the club has been uninspired. A record eight games lost at this point in the season, and over 10 points adrift from the champion's league spot, it doesn't look possible.
Moyes faces a huge uphill task in reviving the club. However, the acquisition of world-class Juan Mata was most definitely a step in the direction. Failing to rake in any success this season might prove costly in gaining new players. Even at the temptation of substantial wages, world-class players do not want to move to a struggling club, despite its reputation. United need to salvage this season, and perform to expectation in the following one to attract quality players.
Finally, it's Moyes. He can't cope in such a big club and trying to follow in the footsteps in Sir Alex Ferguson. The reason that the club thrived in recent years is due to an outstanding manager. In the 2012-2013 season he squeezed every single drop of vitality and energy his team had. He left Moyes with nothing and he needs time to adapt and rebuild.
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