Manchester United's David Moyes: The 'Chosen' One Or The 'Wrong' One?
David Moyes has become a disgruntled figure at Manchester United, whilst his successor at Everton, Roberto Martinez has been praised for implementing a new philosophy at the club. The Spanish tradition of free-flowing football, has taken the club to a whole new level, the Toffees are deservedly placed in the top 4, something Moyes only managed to do once, in his 11 year reign at the club.
The man dubbed, “The Chosen One” having been selected by the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson, with the duty to continue Man United’s dominance in English football; has somewhat failed in his conquest. Moyes has yet to win any major honours in his managerial career, despite his 11 long years at Everton; his only notable success has been for Preston North End, in the Football League Second Division. This in some respects shows that Man United fans should not be so surprised about their team’s performance under the management of Moyes.
Regardless of the backing Moyes has received from other managers and pundits, who is to say that Moyes has any realistic chance of succeeding? Especially when he is struggling to even lead a team to a top four finish, with a squad that Ferguson won the title with last season.
It is embarrassing when a historic club like Manchester United whom have always contended for titles in the premier league era, ever since it’s introduction in 1992, has now lost such authority over it’s main rivals. Teams are now coming to Old Trafford, playing with no fear, which was once considered a fortress in the Fergie era.
Though to fill the boots of arguably, the greatest Premier League Manager in football history is no ‘walk in the park’, as expectation is seemingly high. Is it really too early to judge David Moyes? The season still has a few weeks left, but the club have nothing to play for apart from it’s pride, with top 4 hopes all but certain to be gone, and having already been knocked out in all other major competitions, only means there is very little to support Moyes on, as stats and overall performances will prove.
On the contrary, the football world must be careful in how they criticise David Moyes. It was only a season ago, when Brendon Rogers was slated in a similar manner for his managerial performances, only guiding Liverpool to a 7th place finish, which is currently where the red devils are placed. Now Rogers is currently leading Liverpool to their first league title since the 1989/1990 campaign. A lot can change in a season, and with Manchester United’s financial power, there is no doubting that they can still go get back to their usual winning ways, under the leadership of David Moyes.
Though the pressure may be on Moyes, it is a period of transition for the club; it even took the great Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in English history, 3 years until he could get his hands on his first silverware for the club. (FA CUP 1989)
The ideal situation is, David Moyes needs more time to build his own team and create his own legacy. Manchester United are proudly known for their stability and are certainly not the type to sack managers after one season, unlike other clubs such as Chelsea. Having said this, the impatience of fans may force the board into a decision at the end of the season, with the likes of Louis Van Gaal and Jürgen Klopp both already being hugely linked to replace Moyes.
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