Sir Alex Ferguson had built a magnificent brick wall, it soared above the rest even higher than Liverpool who proudly stood highest for years prior. Now, when Sir Alex took over at Manchester United this wall was a mere speck of what it is today.
The man is a true football genius, taking over a team in a relegation scare without an English title for 26 years and making them the most successful club in English league history.
Here we are 26 years after he took charge and he has 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions Leagues, ten Charity Shields, one Club World Cup and even more to his name. His retirement was announced and only days later his successor was chosen.
Ferguson had chosen his successor, fellow Scotsman and long-term Everton manager David Moyes. He certainly wouldn’t have been mine or many other United fans choice but he did quite well at Everton but he wasn’t this world-renowned manager with success in the highest level of European football, he was an Everton manager without a trophy nor every really challenging for the title or Top 4.
You very rightly can argue he never had the funds or the backing to challenge the ‘English elite teams’ and fair enough but surely a proven manager like Guardiola would be a much better option. Obviously he had already joined Bayern and was out of the question but he’s the kind of manager we needed. But hey, I was ready to trust Sir Alex and give my full backing to David Moyes. Moyes made two huge mistakes early on, the first, not keeping Ferguson’s backroom staff. Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan could have proved vital in helping Moyes settle in. Alas he didn’t keep them and this lead onto his second mistake, the transfer window.
The greatest manager of all time has left a team that in truth had so many flaws. Fergie ignored the clear fact we needed a world-class centre midfielder for years. We still use the same midfield pairing from our 2008 European success, Carrick and Fletcher arguably our strongest pairing to this day. Moyes was aware of the void in our midfield and set out after Thiago and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona as well as being linked with every midfielder in Europe last summer.
We failed in all attempts for every player we went from and we eventually gave up on some players but Moyes kept interest in former players Maroune Fellaini and Leighton Baines. These would have been great signings but United made terrible bids which were all rejected. Fellaini had a release clause but we didn’t activate it because Moyes wanted both players. This clause eventually ran out without us nor any other club activating it. We ended up panicking on deadline day, over-spending on our only signing Fellaini while missing out on the likes of Fabio Coentrao, Baines and Ander Herrera.
It was crucial we spent well last summer and we didn’t, at all. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fellaini and always wanted him here just not in that manner. It was a truly embarrassing transfer window topped with an abysmal Deadline Day failing with Coentrao in the last few hours and the comedy sketch which was us trying to sign Herrera. Don’t get me wrong I’m very happy with signing Juan Mata and Fellaini but how we approached some players and the fact we needed more signings have made it seem like an utter failure.
Moyes’ reign started perfectly, a win (and silverware) in the Community Shield and a fantastic win away to Swansea. It was only downhill from there I’m afraid. Here we are in March sitting in seventh, in our worst season in Premier League history. I don’t even want to know how many games we’ve lost this season but I can tell you, it’s too much. We’ve lost against big teams and small teams there’s no criteria. In the league we’ve lost to Chelsea, City, Spurs, Everton, Liverpool the list goes on. It’s embarrassing, our season is well and truly over after another fantastic display against Liverpool at Old Trafford, spot the sarcasm.
Comparing David Moyes’ start to Ferguson’s is laughable. Moyes took over a team that only a few months prior won the league at a stroll after dominating the whole Premier League era. while as mentioned Ferguson had almost the exact opposite, not quite but close enough. When will it end? Right now it seems it’ll only end if Moyes is sacked or he resigns. He’s made countless squad selection errors throughout the whole season, not only starting 11 but with his subs or lack of at times.
How many times have I seen my Twitter timeline full of people screaming because we’re losing and Moyes is refusing to make a change and when he does half of the time it’s the wrong change. His tactics are wrong far too often and if it’s not working I wouldn’t bet on him changing it.
We were unlucky, I thought we played well, [Enter opposition name] deserved the win, the refs are against us. Just some of the remarks we’ve become accustomed to under Moyes. It’s always something, we could play awful and he’d say we were unlucky or we played well. I worry that after some games he actually believed we played well. My personal favourite was “we’ll try to make it difficult for Newcastle”, yes that’s a Manchester United manager speaking ahead of a Newcastle game at Old Trafford. Pathetic. There is no sign of change, it’s been the same all season.
Bar two or three good spells where we got our hopes up and this was the turning point but ultimately we were let down every time. I highly doubt that he will be sacked, even this summer. He’ll be given another season at least but, sacking him in my opinion is the right option.
It would be no more than making a statement if he was sacked right now because there’s no point, our season is over bar a miracle in winning the Champions League which I don’t see at all. Can we trust him with our apparent huge transfer budget? In my opinion no, it needs to change…time is up.