"The rain falls hard on a humdrum town, this town will drag you down."
Morrissey had it correct when he assessed and mused about living life in a cold and wet city, situated next to the precipitation sponge that is the Peak District. And for many years the one thing that has kept Mancunians of a red disposition warm and dry has been its football.
Manchester United travelled to London on Wednesday night as the rain and wind battered the North West to take part in a defensive procession against one of this season's genuine title challengers.
The game ended in a 0-0 draw with not much happening in the game. Robin van Persie squandered one good chance in the first half and hit the crossbar with a header in the second, but that was about it from the Reds.
You would not even know that the team had a new £37 million attacking signing in its ranks. You could as well have had Darren Fletcher playing in Juan Mata's role.
But the optimist's outlook on the game is that United did not lose, and that is indeed some sort of warped positivity. Yes, a 0-0 draw at the Emirates would have been a great result when challenging for a title but maybe not so when you are miles behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
Mark Ogden of the Telegraph reported on Thursday that the Glazers are flexing their muscles during this time of trouble and are set to give David Moyes £100 million to get things back on track and return the club to its dominant habitat.
And executive vice-chairman and David Gill-successor Ed Woodward coined the proverbial statement of intent when he said United would, per Ogden's article, "move in the market in a way we haven’t seen in recent years."
That phrase might get some excited—but not me.
There is no denying that our football club is one of the most supported teams in the world and there is no doubting that we are indeed a licence to print money. Just ask our potential next kit sponsors. United will be taking them to the cleaners for more than just their clothing ranges.
But United have never really behaved like a "big club," and I do not mean that in a fully detrimental way.
We have always believed in youth and we have brought in big signings when needed.
I remember United's defence being atrocious for a period, only for Sir Alex Ferguson to go and break the bank for Rio Ferdinand. His £30 million transfer fee, per the club's official website, would still be a huge sum for a centre-back in today's market.
But with the arrival of Moyes and the almost-expected inactivity of the club in last summer's transfer market, one could only feel that United wanted to keep "doing it on the cheap," just like how Fergie used to.
So now here we are, sat in seventh position in the Premier League, a whole 15 points behind an average Chelsea team who were a million miles behind United less than 12 months previously.
Our team is about to lose three defensive lynchpins in the aforementioned Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and club captain Nemanja Vidic.
We have a midfield that appears to be made of wattle and daub and has no attacking influence in football matches at all. We have a selection of wingers who, bar Adnan Januzaj, cannot and will not cross a football correctly, even when they try 81 times as they did against Fulham, as per Squawka.
And we have a manager who is not exactly instilling confidence by sticking to a formation that garnered success for United in the 1990s. It appears that 4-4-2 is alive and well at Chez Moyes.
So will a cool £100 million do the job? The simple answer is no.
If you tally up the three veteran defenders who will walk from United at the end of the season and add to that the signing of two world-class midfielders.
Then include a proper winger who could do more than just be a glorified full-back. Then maybe even add a new right-back, as it appears Rafael is "doing a Fabio."
Suddenly £100 million does not look a lot at all, does it?
If the going rate for a Marouane Fellaini is approximately £28 million, then the Glazer warchest looks more like a Prada handbag.
Moyes cannot suddenly fashion a winning side just with a pot of cash. The problems we have seen manifest over the past six months are not just about individual players but also about a culture of losing at the club that we have not seen since Ron Atkinson and Fergie's very early tenure.
Per Ogden's article, Woodward talks about FFP and how that might affect many of our competitors, but the reality is that with the debt we carry and if the intentions to spend are real and just, then surely United would be as vulnerable as anyone else to the penalties UEFA might impose?
The teams that Woodward hints at chuck money at problems and now the Glazers think that is their solution?
Only time will tell if Moyes can make United a success again, as the rain falls hard on a humdrum situation. But sometimes money is not enough.
Sometimes you just have to admit you got it wrong and move on. If Moyes cannot improve things in the final run of games of the season, he will not be the man given the golden ticket to the Wonka factory.
Morrissey once sang: "Oh Manchester, so much to answer for."
He could well have been singing about the football club he grew up two streets from as a boy.
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