Any other club, any other season, and David Moyes would have been sacked by now.
Manchester United’s already turgid season hit a new low as Liverpool ran riot at Old Trafford, running out comfortable 3-0 winners with a brace from Steven Gerrard and another by Luis Suarez heaping misery on United’s beleaguered manager.
Despite fielding a strong side, United were poor and lacklustre throughout, failing to show the fighting qualities and attacking football that made them such a force under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson has backed Moyes since the Scot succeeded him last May, but after the latest calamity the calls for his successor’s head have grown steadily louder.
Across Twitter and other social networking sites the voices were deafening, with support for Moyes by the United faithful reduced to near nothingness.
The decision to appoint a man who had worked hard for a respected reputation in the game was traditional, but has counted for nothing in the mother of all transitional seasons.
Instead of injecting a new fire into the side, it has done anything but.
Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata have arrived, two players that Ferguson would have relished to possess last year, but they have failed to turn things around.
Robin van Persie has looked a shadow of the player that scored 30 goals last season, as to has Michael Carrick who struggled again on Sunday afternoon.
The side have looked lethargic and devoid of imagination or quality all season, and look set to miss out on Champions League football for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
The lack of positives from the season means that sacking Moyes is an option the Glazer family may now have to give serious consideration.
United’s share prices have tumbled, and defeat to Olympiakos on Wednesday evening would see them tumble out of yet another tournament.
Action must be taken and Moyes must go.
For the sake of the club, and for the sake of his own future.
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