Talk about having the weight of the world on your shoulders…
So far this season, not much has gone right for Manchester United manager David Moyes in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.
Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle — the Red Devils second successive home defeat in four days, the first time that’s happened since 2002 — Moyes insisted he is to blame for the poor run of results that sees United sitting 13 points off top spot and in ninth place in the Premier League with the halfway point approaching.
“I take complete responsibility for the results,” Moyes told the clubs website. “Fortunately, they’ve been good in the Champions League but not in the Premier League. I take the responsibility. I would like them to be much better and have no doubt they will.”
One of the main reasons for a string of bad results?
Poor substitutions from the 51-year-old Scotsman. That’s something he earmarks to improve on, as he aims to emulate or get someone close to the success achieved by one of the greatest managers of all-time, Sir Alex Ferguson, at United. Over the years Fergie was a dab hand at making the correct subs to help swing the game in United’s favor late on.
“I think in recent games we haven’t quite finished the games in the way I’d like to,” Moyes said. “I have tried to make changes to improve it and that hasn’t quite happened.”
With Moyes’ men back in action on Tuesday night against Shakthar Donetsk in the Champions League, they’ll look to bounce back to winning ways after a string of losses has many fans questioning the negative tactics and ultra-defensive approach Moyes is taking.
Injured for the weekend defeat, creator in chief Wayne Rooney should return to the starting lineup for the home time against Donetsk. His presence will breath life back into the Red Devils after he was sorely missed in Saturday’s lackluster display against Newcastle.
Many will applaud Moyes for taking the blame and deflecting negative criticism away from his players. But he can only do so much.
It’s time his players delivered… because I’m not sure how much broader Moyes’ already heavily-laden shoulders can get.