David Moyes Blames Every Area of His Team for Manchester United's Shocking Start
Under-fire Manchester United boss David Moyes has publicly criticised his entire team following Saturday’s shock defeat to West Brom, in yet another move that could potentially alienate members of his squad.
Moyes already wrote off United’s Champions League hopes following their 2-1 loss to West Brom, but he later opened up to the written press, confessing he has problems all over the pitch.
David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror provides the quotes:
I don’t think the midfield was just the one department where you’d say we were lacking. I think it would be unfair to say it was any [specific area].
It was the whole thing, we were lacklustre in nearly all the areas.
So we’ve got to try and work on it and improve. We’ve just not played that well. We should be scoring more from open play.
Moyes is beginning to carry the figure of a beaten man at Old Trafford, perhaps unsurprising given that he has led the reigning Premier League champions to their worst start since 1989.
A tally of seven points from a possible 18 already leaves them eight points behind leaders Arsenal, while they have been incapable of scoring a league goal from open play since the opening day of the season.
Unlikely to help is Moyes' constant negative vibe, which appears to be aimed at lowering expectations at United.
Following defeat to neighbours City, by a thumping 4-1 scoreline, Moyes hinted at his belief that United were lucky to win the league last season.
He later predicted that United’s Etihad Stadium embarrassment would not be their last.
Some astonishing calls about #mufc on 606. Best so far has to be supposed fan saying moyes should be sacked and replaced by di matteo— Simon Austin (@bbcsport_simon) September 29, 2013
A further dig at his team saw Moyes claim United are lacking world-class players—reason enough in his eyes to believe the Red Devils will not win the Champions League this season.
Now he has confessed the entire team needs to improve.
Moyes did, of course, inherit the same players that won the league for Sir Alex Ferguson last season. He also inherited the same squad that surely would have beaten Real Madrid had it not been for a harsh red card handed out to Nani.
Will David Moyes get things right at Man Utd?
If United are struggling, only one significant factor has changed, and that is the manager. Rarely did Ferguson ever turn on his own players—not publicly at least.
Moyes now has the ideal opportunity to begin turning things around when United visit the league’s bottom club Sunderland in their next domestic outing.
The boos at Old Trafford suggest he cannot afford to fail again.
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