Reports emanating from a number of reputable sources this morning suggest that David Moyes has just three games to save his job. Since Sunday’s bitterly disappointing defeat to fiercest of foes Liverpool, the backlash has been unrelenting. The rumours of a fall out with Giggs did little to dispel the doubt surrounding the beleaguered boss , and though they have since been quashed, there is a belief that the two currently don’t see eye to eye.
Initial reports of Moyes’ potential dismissal have come from respected ESPN columnist Miguel Delaney who does seem to have significant contacts within Old Trafford. Miguel, despite being based in London covering Chelsea, was one of the first to document United’s interest in Juan Mata, and he also broke the news of our capture of Zaha and the missing out on Eden Hazrad before they were universally accepted as “truths”.
Talk now is off a very different Sir Alex, one, who in the space of a week has realised that Moyes may not be up to the task of rescuing United from their current plight of mid table mediocrity. Only last week Sir Alex gave Moyes the dreaded vote of confidence, however it seems that the bitterly disappointing defat at home Liverpool was too much to take. They say a picture tells a thousand words, on Sunday Ferguson’s dour expression and blank stare told of a man who was wondering how his team have digressed at such a ferocious rate.
Tactics, team selection, interviews….Moyes has been lamented for all of these, admittedly some unfair criticism has gone his way but it is the lack of fight form the majority of senior players that worries me most and once again this was unfortunately evident yesterday. In a season of set-backs such an inept performance against your fiercest rivals may just be the breaking point for both fans and board.
The unanimous belief now is that Moyes has three games to save his job starting with Olympiakos on Wednesday. This can be construed as the biggest catch twenty-two in modern football as my theory on Moyes is that he has failed, not so much because he is a poor manager, but because the sheer enormity of the job has resulted in him failing to deal with the constant scrutiny and persistent pressure. In essence, the writing may be on the wall regardless of the outcome of the next three games.
It’s not realistic to expect any kind of upturn in results given that he now has to deal with the added anxiety of dismissal becoming a reality after only eight months into a six year contract. No one takes solace in the fact that it has got to this stage and I would love nothing more than a special European performance on Wednesday, if only to put heed to the negative energy that is engulfing the club. Nonetheless, the key question still remains, can Moyes resurrect Manchester United?
Unfortunately all indicators thus far, suggest not.