Every football fan knew that David Moyes was taking on near-on "Mission: Impossible" when the great Sir Alex Ferguson appointed him as his very own successor. Moyes had not been offered the job, nor did he "accept" the job. However, Moyes was never in doubt of not wanting this job either.
Every football fan also knew that Moyes was not going to win the league this year. After all, this was United's transitional period, from one manager to the next.
What no football fan could ever envisage was facing the last nine games of the season, United sit in seventh position in the league, out of both domestic cups and with one foot out of Europe (for the next 18 months as well).
Longevity and security is paramount to the United board's appraisal of Moyes since he got the job, backed up by the strangely long six-year contract handed to him upon appointment. Has there ever been a manager handed such a long contract as their initial contract? Mockery was made of Alan Pardew's mammoth new eight-year contract, but he had already proven to be a top manager for Newcastle United, but what exactly had Moyes done to inherit such belief and backing?
It appears United have made a rod for their own back, realising that a hefty contract that Moyes has "earned" now means that, despite the virtues of this season, it is near-on impossible to sack him. Manchester United are not bankrolled by an oligarch like Roman Abramovich, who will happily spend £13m to rid Andre Villas-Boas of his FC Porto contract, to then go and spend another fortune on sacking him eight months down the line.
Can the United board keep accepting this tortuous football that is on offer every single weekend? The fans deserve credit for being this supportive of Moyes, who himself admits he is lucky to have such a fantastic fan-base being so vocal in their support. 2014 has strained this relationship however. Two cup exits, the demise of chances of European football, from both the domestic league and impending exit in the Champions League has seen the start of fans' bewilderment with proceedings at Old Trafford.
Fans have been aware that, despite being champions last season, that this isn't United's strongest squad for 20 years. A season without a trophy was understandable and acceptable. A season without Champions League, at the absolute maximum, would probably have sufficed, had the team shown some sort of energy and will throughout some turgid performances this season.
Moyes is currently taking it from all corners. Foreign managers, previous staff, pundits, have hammered Moyes left, right and centre since the Olympiakos debacle. The worst form of criticism however, comes from within your own ranks. Red Issue have reported since the Liverpool humiliation on Sunday of the deep unrest in the players. Long has it been known that Robin van Persie has felt uncomfortable since the appointment of Moyes, with the rigorous training schedule being too much for Van Persie's frail body, on top of the slow and ponderous football that is played constantly.
Rio Ferdinand, Chicharito, Anderson, Wilfried Zaha. A few more names who have either blatantly, or cryptically, all made public their frustrations with David Moyes.
Incredibly however, it appears that one stellar name has gone a step further. Ryan Giggs, the man appointed as a first team coach, has become disillusioned with life under Moyes.
Rumours from Red Issue suggest that Giggs has recently been shunning coaches meetings as Moyes "doesn't listen" and that the meetings were "pointless".
Giggs, or Mr. Manchester United, is not someone to get on the wrong side of Giggs' reputation and standing at the club is such that speaks volumes in the dissent amongst the players/staff with Moyes and his mentality.
Recent polls across the internet have concluded with the movement #MoyesOut becoming even more evident. Jurgen Klopp appears to be the fans' favourite. Reasons for this are his brashness and positive and comedic nature. More importantly, it is his football methods that has fans drooling at the thought of the shaggy-haired German in the United dugout next season.
This is largely due to the football that Klopp employs in his Borussia Dortmund side. High pressing, high intensity, short passing, no strict template on top of an apparent non-obsession with defensive methods at the forefront of team selections. United fans salivating indeed.
Klopp will also help to get the best out of Shinji Kagawa, and will not be pressured into playing reputations over form players (warning to Van Persie). It may also smooth through approaches for Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus, who surely would only move to United were Klopp to be manager.
This remains to be seen however, and should United stick with Moyes we should all remain behind the manager. However, there is only so much that not only the fans should have to accept, but the Board and the manager himself should eventually come to the realisation that not everything works out.
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