Some have said the English media has been unduly protective of Manchester United manager David Moyes due to the fact that he’s British; That a Portuguese or German manager would’ve already been roasted several times over for the year United’s had at Old Trafford.
That argument is getting soundly beaten today following the Red Devils’ 3-0 skunking at home by Liverpool on Sunday. His former academy coach at Everton is getting his name in print while criticizing Moyes’ skills as a teacher. Writers doting over Brendan Rodgers are using “He’s the anti-Moyes” as fodder.
And former Man City and Leeds player turned pundit Danny Mills is claiming Manchester United will not win a title for a decade or more.
Apparently you can lose your title grit in less than a year, but it takes a decade to replace it. It would seem Chelsea, PSG, Manchester City and others have shown this isn’t necessarily the case, but not today in English media. Anyway, I digress.
Perhaps this is going on in Milan as well, as San Siro has seen this season’s Old Trafford failures and raised them… maybe even doubled down. Yet it feels almost like a case of the rabble-rousers having success. Is David Moyes any worse of a manager than he was on Day One? How did Sir Alex Ferguson do it last year? Did the injuries to Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie do most of the damage, or did all the aging Red Devils find the other side of effectiveness between June and now?
Some of Moyes tactics should be in question. Juan Mata on the wing? Yikes. And Roberto Martinez’s success at Everton without Moyes and Marouane Fellaini does seem to be pretty damning. So maybe it’s that simple. Maybe David Moyes isn’t fit for the job of boss at Manchester United.
But why did it take so long for the majority of the press to agree? There were two losses to Liverpool and a beating by Man City in September, back-to-back historical home losses to Everton and Newcastle in December and two points from three PL matches in February. If it was players then, it stands to reason it was players now. If it’s Moyes now… then why so much previous patience?