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Manchester United: Is Moyes' position under threat?

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It's been a turbulent season for David Moyes to say the least. 

His latest defeat against Manchester City provided proof, if any was needed, that this United team needs a major overhaul. 

However, will the board of Manchester United trust David Moyes with £200m? More importantly will the fans trust their manager with such funds?

Marouane Fellaini, Moyes' first buy at the club for £27m, hasn't been good enough this season. He said earlier in the season that he wishes to become a hard-tackling, holding midfielder, such as United's legendary Roy Keane.

After his latest performance, it's hard to take that statement seriously. His negligence with the ball and impulsive behaviour, such as his elbow on Pablo Zabaleta highlighted many aspects of his game that aren't of United quality. 

With already one disappointing signing, and Juan Mata failing to deliver as of yet, what justifies enabling David Moyes to freely spend £200m? 

Yes, he managed to overturn a fantastic Champions League tie against Olympiakos, however as any fan of another club will tell you, it was only Olympiakos. 

If United thought that draw was easy, they've been given a mammoth to tackle, in the form of Bayern Munich who have just became champions of Germany with seven games left. 

Unlike against City, Moyes must find a way to not lead his lambs to the slaughter. After every defeat, the fans have heard the same "inspiring" comments of, "We'll get it right," or "We'll try to give you something back."

If United fans could pick between a win in the Champions League against Olympiakos, in a competition which they're the weakest team in, or to at least come through their matches against Liverpool and Manchester City unbeaten, which one do you think they'd bite your hand off for?

The biggest fan of Moyes, has to admit, he's not delivered this season. It's all dandy using the overused excuses, such as "It's not his team," and "Give him the money and see what he does with it." 

Although, this is the real test of Moyes' managerial skills. One of Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest perks was the ability to motivate his players after a defeat and go on an unbeaten run for a few months.

This took a few years to build that mentality, yes, but these players already had that mentality, yet Moyes must be culpable to have dismantled it. 

Looking at the team selection for the Manchester City match, it screamed defensive. The "midfield 3" of Cleverley, Fellaini and Carrick was false. Disappointingly, the formation was another 4-4-1-1, with Mata helping out when he felt it was necessary and Cleverley stuck on the right wing. 

This isn't the first time Moyes has proved he's tactically inept in the big games, such as against Manchester City away, both Liverpool games and even against Arsenal at the Emirates, where a more attacking mentality could've seen them take the game to the Gunners.

There is no white lining to this season for United fans. This is the truth. There is nothing to look forward to except for the false hope Moyes can mastermind progression in the Champions League past Bayern Munich. 

Whether you like Moyes and Manchester United, or you enjoy the collapse of an empire, it's fascinating to watch because right when you think United's performances can't get any more abysmal, they do.


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