Manchester United manager David Moyes has claimed that even Sir Alex Ferguson would have struggled had he stayed in charge at Old Trafford this season.
Moyes, who is under intense pressure following a dreadful debut campaign with the reigning Premier League champions, feels he inherited a squad in desperate need of young blood - and that he is not solely to blame for the club’s plight this season.
“If Sir Alex were here this year it would be difficult for him as well and I’m sure he’d agree,” Moyes told reporters. “People are aware there’s a squad that is ageing, so it would have been a tough season for whoever was in charge of United this year. It could have been the case no matter what.”
Despite the fact Moyes took over a team with several key players in their 30s - including Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie and Ryan Giggs, who turned 40 in November - it was still expected that Manchester United would secure a top-four finish at the very least this season.
However, the Red Devils have virtually no chance of securing Champions League football for the 2014/15 campaign, and face an uphill battle to even seal a Europa League spot. The embattled Moyes, meanwhile, is beginning to lose the supporters’ faith, while reports suggest the players have also become disillusioned following several embarrassing defeats over recent months.
A group of United fans have paid for a plane attached with an anti-David Moyes message to fly over Old Trafford during this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa - a match which is a must-win for the beleaguered Scot.
Manchester United fans: would Ferguson have failed with this current team like Moyes? Have your say in the comments section below.