David Moyes has had to endure a season of struggle since taking over the helm at Manchester United following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. However, this weekend's defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool was perhaps the lowest point for him and his players this season.
Liverpool quite simply outclassed United all over the pitch. They played with much more confidence, pace and skill whilst United lacked creativity or desire.
The final 3-0 scoreline could have been far worse and such humiliation in their own back yard would have been unthinkable under Ferguson's reign. This season it is not necessarily a surprise.
Now United must pick themselves up as they face a crucial week which could go a long way to deciding the fate of David Moyes as their manager. United face a crucial second leg Champions League game against Greek side Olympiakos where they need to overturn a shock 2-0 first leg defeat.
Then, next Monday, United face Manchester rivals City in a game that could highlight the now big difference between the two teams. United and Moyes surely need to not only improve their performances but will also need to win at least one of these games.
In a week's time could we see Moyes on the verge of being sacked if results do not go his way in these big games?
United have been very patient this season, as have their supporters, but you have to wonder how far they are willing to see their decline continue under Moyes especially when they look at their main rivals, City and Liverpool, and see the great strides that these two clubs are making at the moment.
United have very little hope of success this season. The only silverware on offer is the Champions League but even if they can overturn their first leg defeat in Greece it is highly unlikely that they will be able to progress to the final given their current form.
Moyes, at the very least, will hope for an improvement in performances during the next week and United's supporters will want to see signs that will give them hope for the future. If not we could well be seeing the end of what will be a very short reign as United manager for Moyes.
Another humiliation at Old Trafford could prove too much for everyone connected with
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