David Moyes has a silver lining to an otherwise dismal, debut campaign with Manchester United: He's about to get a boatload of money to spend. Wait, £200 million probably qualifies more as a yacht load.
Manchester United will back David Moyes with a mammoth £200million to rebuild his beleaguered team.
The absence of United’s two star players (Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney) only highlights the lack of world-class talent in the squad Moyes inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson. The Glazer family will bankroll the new signings needed to strengthen the team over the next 18 months.
This has to be a sigh of relief for Moyes on many levels.
Firstly, the Red Devils are in the midst of a five-match losing streak. Any news from the team owners that doesn't involve his sacking is good news for Moyes.
Secondly, he's getting £200 million to spend!
Manchester United are currently locked in at seventh in the table. The defending league champs are 11 points behind Arsenal. This is not territory they are used to. There is also the losing streak.
Additionally, there is a reported grumbling from the players of Moyes' ability to handle the job:
He's not exactly winning over legions of fans, either:
With Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney both struggling to stay on the pitch, the Red Devils have looked completely pedestrian. This team that is used to a seemingly never-ending stream of talent in their depths is rather shallow.
This is not a complete team. That is evident in the fact that Wheeler said Moyes' "list of targets now includes two central midfielders, a striker, a left-back and a centre-back."
It's a good thing that he has such a large budget. There are lots of holes to fill.
Of course, once he does, the pressure is going to be cranked up even more. I don't think it is a coincidence that the Glazer family decided to dump money into their valuable product around the same time that Mark Ogden of The Telegraph claimed the Red Devils' below-standard play "led to £220 million being wiped off the club’s stock market valuation in a month."
It would seem that the Glazers' decision to dump so much money into this team was a reaction to the harsh reality that even the golden goose that is the Red Devils can lose its luster. The Glazers are going to expect a hefty return on this reported investment, and that means Moyes will have to be at his best.
It's been hard for him to do that so far.
He is replacing a legend, and he inherited an aging and incomplete team. This is not a team of his guys or even of his choosing. He will now have the financial flexibility to put his stamp on this storied team.
It is then that Moyes will be able to build a club around his vision.
I'm not convinced Moyes is the right man for this job, but I am convinced we cannot find that out until he starts spending a little of this new cash.