Moyes – Lots Done – Lots more to do at Man U….

by Football XI Editorial | Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014


After nearly 27 years in charge of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the last season. Not just an end of a fabulous managerial career, Ferguson’s retirement meant that a whole era of Manchester United came to an end. The decision was pretty shocking, but we all expected that the board of Manchester United football club carefully planned this decision and foresaw the steps following this decision.

David Moyes was a known-favorite for many years to take over the position after Ferguson retires. Even back in 1999, when Moyes took over Preston North End, Ferguson wanted him to come to Manchester United as a assistant manager. He declined, but in the last five or six years, the rumors of Moyes taking over the Red Devils post became more intense. More informed experts and journalists simply ignored the rumors about Mourinho, Guardiola or Klopp taking over the post. David Moyes had the backing of Ferguson and it was settled. On May 9th, Moyes was confirmed as manager and his road started officially on July 1st.

The season started pretty good for the Red Devils, with Moyes winning his first trophy as a manager. Manchester United defeated Wigan in the Community Shield with 2-0. Goals from Robin Van Persie proved decisive for a win against the Championship side. A good start with a trophy was exactly what Moyes needed for a good start, but it did not last long.

Manchester United entered the Premier league as title defenders, having previously won its 20th title with 11 points advantage of Manchester City. The expectations for the season were mixed, with many thinking that Manchester United is about the players and the squad harmony. But Ferguson retirement had a big hit on the form of United and Moyes did not fulfill the expectations. In his first season, he is way off the title race and even Champions league spot. The season was a bitter disappointment, with home form being the most concerned issue. Manchester United is the best away team of the season, but six home losses are not what they had in mind. Currently they are seventh on the table and are fighting for a place in the Europa League. Manchester was not embarrassed during the season but they have shown the lack of strength against the bigger teams. Other significant affect was the fact that many teams respected United and Ferguson too much, which eventually led to poorer games. Football clubs knew that Moyes is still lacking experience as a big-club manager, so they entered the game with more self-confidence of achieving a better result-

FA Cup and League Cup was a chance for Moyes to pursue another trophy and wash of the bad season in the Premier league. But, by the time the situation in Premier league got even worse, Manchester United was eliminated from both cups. Sunderland won at Old Trafford in League cup via a penalty shoot-out, while Swansea City was too strong for them in the FA Cup.

Possibly the only standard Moyes has kept from the Ferguson-era is a pretty decent Champions league campaign. In a group against Leverkusen, Shakhtar and Sociedad, a place in the last 16 was never in question. In the knockout stages, Manchester eliminated Olympiakos with 3-2 on aggregate. In a game against Bayern Munich, Manchester United presented themselves in a good light, with the reigning Champions league winners progressing tightly, 4-2 on aggregate. Moyes nearly outsmarted Guardiola, but the individual strength of Bayern squad proved decisive.

David Moyes’s first season was far from successful, but there is still time for improvement. I am pretty sure Moyes will remain manager and the next season will answer us the question, of how actually Moyes fits for United’s ambitions. Just remember that Ferguson barely remained in the league during his first season and we all know what happened later.

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