Admitting defeat was never Ferguson’s motto. Even when it looked wrong, he never admits it.
Whether it is about dropping big names like David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy or Wayne Rooney or even keeping faith in under-performing players like Barthez, Ben Foster and Darren Fletcher, he eventually was able to prove his doubters wrong.
Unfortunately, this never-say-die attitude has died at United lately.
While fans would appreciate less finger pointing, Moyes’ latest acceptance of defeat which was because of him, just days after Rooney admitted that the team's issues were the player’s own doing highlights a huge problem in the current United squad. They do not know what’s going wrong with what they are doing.
With the latest embarrassing 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos, Moyes admitted that it was his mistake that the team failed to perform, despite the talents available at his disposal.
With so much class and talents in his squad, the Red Devils looked demotivated and could only muster a single shot on target on the 89th minute from Robin van Persie in that match.
The biggest problem now is that nobody knows what to do. With Rooney admitting that it was the player’s mistake and Moyes admitting as well that it was his mistake, everyone seems to be at fault here except for the fans.
Everyone is taking up the blame for everything that is going wrong with the club but no one is willing to step up and do something about it.
While it is hard to imagine United losing its local fanbase, losses will only mean the team’s future fanbase shall shift towards a higher power.
It is a huge test for loyal supporters as well as glory hunters but let’s not forget - players themselves are glory hunters.
Vidic, RVP, Evra and Rooney look very much like glory hunters themselves and given that Vidic will leave United at the end of the season, it only means that the team is no longer attractive to big time players.
Most of the time, players join United because they are sure they can win a trophy there.
However, with Moyes’ presence, this element has been taken away and that a second year of trophy drought may spell even more trouble for United as big stars may chose to defect and leave the club, similar to what happened at Arsenal.
Currently, with players and manager both admitting that it was their mistakes, there is no longer any guarantee that something is going right at United.
Fans are left with bitter disappointment game after game, not only because of the result, but also because of the dismal display of performance by the squad.
The real solution here is to simply replace Moyes with a new manager as soon as possible. If he is only replaced at the end of the season, the new manager will probably be able to give the same exact excuse Moyes had when he took over the United job: “I did not have enough time”.
There was a reason why Ferguson left the club. His words may be gold but there comes a time when the management should realise that enough is enough and start doing something about it rather than flirt around the idea of “standing by your manager”.
The release cost of Moyes is rather expensive but comparatively, the cost of keeping him there for the next five years outweighs the short term cost by a tenfold.
In any case, Moyes should do the most honourable thing a manager can do - that is to just go ahead and leave before he is sacked. That will save the fans and players tons of embarrassment for the next decade.
Pack up Moyes, it’s high time you leave.
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