One of the longest running debates this season has been whether David Moyes is the right manager to continue Sir Alex Ferguson’s unrivalled success at Manchester United.
People were questioning his abilities before the season had begun and, of course, the questions are still hovering over him. Some have even made up their minds about the Scot, while some will still claim to be stuck on the fence.
So to put this argument to bed once and for all, we’ve asked two fans what they think of the situation. Is Moyes the right man for the manager’s job at United?
Adam Basey, the man behind the hugely popular Manchester United supporters’ Twitter account @OldTraffordReds believes Moyes is not the correct man to take United forward, but insists he will always back him while he’s at the helm.
“I would like to remind you this club stood by me in bad times, the players and the staff, your job now is to stand by the new manager.”
The last immortal words of the greatest manager ever to grace the game, but how much time should we give Moyes?
I’ve been a United fan for 30 years so I only just remember the real early Fergie era of fans calling for his head after just a few games, but are United fans right in calling for Moyes’ so early on?
I think they are. We can use the word “adjustment” and “transition” all we like but the fact is that we are club that has a winning pedigree running through it and we picked a manager whose credentials are nonexistent.
Don’t get me wrong, as long as Moyes is in charge I will back him, but in terms of taking the club forward and carrying on its winning ways in my opinion David Moyes isn’t the man for that job and never has been.
Tactically he has got it wrong on more than one occasion and has continuously been questioned by fans. The Fulham game surely should have been the final nail for him. 81 crosses in one game is just another record that United could do without breaking when so many are being broken against us this season.
Football FanCast’s very own James Jones believes Moyes deserves more time before a judgement can be made and that he has the managerial credentials to become a United great…
I completely understand the reasons behind the calls for Moyes’ sacking, particularly when you consider how successful the club has been over the last 25 years or so.
But a lot of fans forget the years of uncertainty and mediocrity before that. Sir Alex Ferguson’s start as United boss also saw the fans calling for his head. He was not liked, nor was he successful, and the fans wanted him sacked immediately. How silly must those fans feel now? The man has a statue of himself outside the ground and the club has named a stand after him. He is now a club legend, and all because the board stuck with him and allowed him the time to put things right.
Of course, there happens to be a lot more at stake in the game nowadays. Failure to secure Champions League football would be a huge financial blow to any club, but its ramifications aren’t just financial. A failure to attract the world’s best players may come with it. But this is Manchester United. One of the biggest clubs in the world. Players will still dream of playing for them regardless.
So, with that in mind, Moyes needs time and patience to do things his way with his own set of players. If United aren’t playing Champions League football for the next few years then perhaps it would be time to question him. But now should be a time to let him adapt to the club, and let the club adapt to him.
Only when that is complete can a judgement be made. Not before. Not during.
After all, how often was Sir Alex wrong?
Success and trophies are embedded in the bones of United fans, but the club has proven that giving a struggling manager time and patience can reap rewards.
Alex Ferguson’s quote suggest he knew exactly what the start of David Moyes’ reign was going to be like. He was rarely wrong during his Old Trafford years.
But perhaps Moyes’ record at Everton raises the biggest alarm? Not a single piece of silverware, despite operating with a shoestring budget. A club like Manchester United in this day and age of mega-money TV deals and players £250,000-per-week wage demands cannot afford to be testing out an untried manager at their level.
They need proven success. Proven ability. Proven winning mentality. David Moyes is not proven in either. So perhaps Sir Alex was wrong this time around.