It’s always easier to replace the manager than it is to overhaul an entire squad. Something that won’t sit too well with David Moyes, as he seeks to repair his severely damaged reputation in English football.
Mark Bosnich is quoted as saying, “it has been obvious for some time that things are not quite right there,” while adding that Ryan Giggs has clashed with the manager over Moyes’ methods this season.
It adds further fuel to the fire started by Anderson after he secured a loan move to Fiorentina. The Brazilian midfielder has stated that many players were unhappy at Old Trafford and were looking for a way out – a comment he’d later go on to deny. Furthermore, the tension which appeared to rise between Robin van Persie and the manager fits the story that all is not well at Manchester United.
Moyes is already under enormous pressure. We may be at the point where there is little expectation in the manager turning things around, even with less than 10 games to go in the league, but instead simply enforcing a damage limitation policy. Things won’t get any easier with United set to meet Bayern Munich in the Champions League next month.
But while Moyes is struggling for results – a fact that may make his position untenable if matters continue to deteriorate – Moyes is also battling on another front in trying to win over the entire squad. The manager may suggest otherwise, but there is simply too much smoke from various sources for there not to be any fire.
It will make very little difference that Ryan Giggs is coming to the end of his playing career. The Welshman, per Alex Ferguson’s wish for the club to emulate the model of Bayern, will more than likely stay on in the coaching capacity he started this season. Players like Giggs and van Persie who have rocky relationships with the manager, spell little but future difficulties for the club if they retain Moyes. Will players want to come to United if there is a track record of the current manager falling out with members of his squad, and will he be able to convince them to stick around, especially in times of on-field crisis?
Everything points to an eventual exit for Moyes. It’s not working on the pitch, with United’s situation steadily getting worse rather than showing signs of improvement. If the manager has also lost key members of the dressing room, it makes it difficult to envision him succeeding, even if he does drastically improve his ideas to right the ship.
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