Just before the start of the season, an article was written which asked whether or not Manchester United were destined to fail this season.

Nine months or so later and the article has been proven in many ways accurate. United sit in seventh place, seven points off fourth place and a massive 20 points off the top of the league.

As Premier League champions, this is incredibly embarrassing for everyone involved at the football club. United are also no longer involved in cup competitions, the nail in the coffin being the 3-1 defeat in Munich last week.

There are, in my opinion, one main reason why this season has been such a failure. Lack of signings. In the summer, Moyes singed just two players, Guillermo Varela, who has yet to feature for the club, and deadline day signing Marouane Fellaini who cost over £28m, and has not exactly set the world alight.

Admittedly, he has been injured, but when he's featured he has struggled to impress. Moyes did sign Juan Mata from Chelsea in January, and he has shown signs that he could be a superb player for United, but only in flashes, and the club's league position has not at all improved, in fact it has declined. 

There have been positives, with the breakthrough of Adnan Januzaj, who has became one of United's hottest talents of recent years, who will certainly be an important part of how the team performs for years to come if he stays with the club.

David de Gea has also been brilliant, and has been one of the reasons why United are where they are if anything. Without him, their league position could in fact be even worse. Most of all though, Wayne Rooney has carried the team for a lot of the season. His sparkling form, which includes 15 goals and 10 assists, has seen him win games almost on his own.

Overall however, David Moyes' first season has been one to forget, and as I say, it has been mainly down to a lack of signings.

I feel that Moyes has been quite naive, he clearly came into the club without knowing his players well enough. I think it is blindingly obvious that United are very weak in midfield, the weakest in years.

You could argue that this team is champions, and therefore shouldn't regress so much, but you also have to remember the 'Fergie factor' played a massive part, and United were the best of a bad bunch last season. If Moyes wants to get United back to where they were, signings are needed immediately.

The signs for United fans are good, it looks like a deal has already been done for United to sign a new player in starlet William Carvalho. Perhaps this year of hurt will be worth it in the long term. One thing is for sure, if Moyes is given £200m to spend as rumoured, then the scrutiny for David Moyes will be even more intense, and if things don't improve quickly then he could well be on the way out.


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