Following Manchester United’s 3-0 home defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Liverpool, the calls for David Moyes to get sacked have started to reverberate around Manchester once again.
Although Moyes hasn’t particularly impressed this season, it would be highly illogical for Manchester United to sack him and here are the reasons why.
While it may be hard to stomach for some United fans, a certain portion of the blame for United’s current predicament does lie at the door of a certain Sir Alex Ferguson. Make no qualms about it, Moyes inherited this team as champions and may have been fooled into thinking this side would be good enough to challenge again, but it wasn’t. United are now 20-1 longshots with Titan Bet to finish in the top-four this season, let alone challenge for titles.
The point is that Fergie knew this side needed a certain amount of re-building. His players were ageing yet he didn’t exactly bolster the side during his final season in charge. True, he brought in Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, but he didn’t strengthen the defence or the midfield, the two areas that have been exposed time and again this season.
Can Moyes blame all of this season on Ferguson? Of course not, but his predecessor must take a portion of the blame for leaving him with a weak squad.
So, we have discussed the frailties of the United squad. A weak squad is something that needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. There’s no quick fix to rebuilding a side. Look at Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. He was given time last season to rebuild his squad. The board and the supporters did not get on his back when he finished seventh and 28 points behind United.
Now, Rodgers and Liverpool this season are realistic title contenders. Rodgers has used his 12-month probation period to full effect and now has one of the most rampant teams in Premier League history.
United can afford to give Moyes 24 months if needed, and he probably will need it considering the disarray of the United squad but, if afforded the time, United could reap the long-term rewards. There is no quick fix in football, and getting rid of Moyes would undo any work that the Scot has done there, setting the club back even further.
The final reason to keep Moyes is the fact that there are no viable alternatives to replace him. Would Sir Alex come back to Old Trafford? Probably not, and if he did it would only be a temporary solution. Current Netherlands boss Luis van Gaal has also been highlighted as a possibility but in recent years his managerial pedigree has come under question.
He was a brilliant manager at Ajax and Barcelona in the 1990s but since the turn of the century he has struggled with the modern game, short stints at Bayern Munich and Barcelona highlighting precisely this. The guy everyone would like to see in charge is Jurgen Klopp, but it seems unlikely that he will walk away from Borussia Dortmund. In summary, getting rid of Moyes will create a void that no current manager would be able to fill.
In conclusion, there is no bigger David Moyes critic than himself and he will be itching to rectify his side’s alarming slump. What’s more, the team he has was one that he inherited and not one that he built. He should at least be given the opportunity to create his own side. And finally, there is nobody out there who could do a better job than Moyes at Old Trafford.