It's only early days in the 2013/14 Premier League season, but whichever way you look at it there's no way to hide the disappointment of fans at the start to the season Manchester United have made.
The last two home games against West Brom and Southampton would ordinarily be ticked in at the start of the season as six points, but instead all United have mustered up is one point. A humiliating loss followed up by a resilient performance from over achievers Southampton to earn a draw against the champions in what was a fairly even game, has everyone scratching their heads wondering where it all went wrong.
One of those men would be Manchester United manager David Moyes. The former Everton manager was hand picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his successor; dubbed the "Chosen One" Moyes has done very little to justify his appointment.
Naturally when a team is down, heads are turned towards the manager and the majority of the blame is laid on him. The issue at hand is that over the summer Man United didn't lose any important players, in fact their squad was strengthened with the arrival of Marouane Fellaini and Wilfred Zaha from Everton and Crystal Palace respectively. So the question remains, where has it all gone wrong?
It's clear Moyes isn't having the desired effect, and the excuse is that the club is going through a rebuilding stage, but that is far from sufficient as we're talking about the reigning defending English Champions, a team that has been feared over the last 10 years. Seeing Manchester United on your up coming fixture list was something that every manager in England dreaded and once upon a time a trip to Old Trafford was a sentence to slaughter. But not anymore. Both United and Old Trafford have lost their aura, teams are beginning to take it to them and Moyes has no idea what to do.
The legend himself Sir Alex Ferguson is not immune to mistakes, and although Moyes does have a rather impressive CV, I don't believe he is of the caliber to take over the hardest job in football.
Sir Alex Ferguson is irreplaceable, but that still gives no excuse for Manchester United to be sitting mid table, and quite frankly the manager has to be the one to blame. There are better managers out there, and while fans are crying out for United to not become the new Chelsea and jump from manager to manager, you look at them sitting second in the table, with arguably the best manager in the world, and feel a little envious.
In the last few minutes of the game against Southampton, Moyes took off Wayne Rooney in place of Chris Smalling, and it cost them dearly when the Saints scored just moments later. Not the greatest tactical move on his part.
I personally gave up on Moyes when he didn't use all of his substitutes against Manchester City when United were down, because at least under Ferguson when United went down, they went down fighting!
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