When David Moyes first walked through the doors at Carrington to succeed one of the greatest managers of all time, the key theme placed on his appointment was longevity.
Now, 10-months on and the club is languishing in the doldrums of Moyes' lackluster and depressing ethos. What ethos? What philosophy? Moyes' position is becoming untenable...so what happened to longevity?
United have always prided themselves on maintaining stability and providing a solid base for the team to prosper, playing attractive, attacking football, with youth development at the heart of the club. However, following defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, it would appear as though the board are finally beginning to question the validity of Moyes' appointment with reports suggesting that other options are being explored - namely Louis Van Gaal.
These reports completely contradict the philosophy that Manchester United strive to observe. Perhaps Moyes himself has conflicted with the culture that Sir Alex help to facilitate within the club over his 26-year tenure.
The current manager has not succeeded in providing much hope for the fans or impress the board sufficiently as he's failed to provide the required results, but perhaps more importantly, the attacking, dominant football that United are so famed.
Question marks have been raised in recent days surrounding his lack of interest in youth development at Everton, and a reported fall out with club legend Ryan Giggs. These rumours will continue to hurt Moyes' reputation with Giggs reported to have stated that the scot "doesn't listen". It must be noted that the United manager has developed the raw talent of Adnan Januzaj this season and the promotion of Andreas Pereira or James Wilson could help to dismiss this report.
David Moyes appears to contradict much that Manchester United stand for with a lack of footballing philosophy. United have failed to excite this season, never mind produce results. The scot has also failed to stimulate confidence amongst the fans with his uninspiring press conferences allowing a deduction and insight into the tame and lifeless team talks that could be partly responsible for team performance.
With Manchester United stuck between a rock (longevity) and a hard place (lack of ethos or philosophy), the upcoming fixtures will no doubt determine the long term future of David Moyes.
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