Manchester United is Struggling, but are They Really Down and Out?

It is one thing to lose your first league home opener in the past 42 years.

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It’s another to draw your next game in an inglorious fashion.

It is completely different and borderline unacceptable for a team as “mighty” as Manchester United to get played off the park by a League One team. MK Dons taught Manchester United a lesson. In front of a sold out home crowd of 29,000+ the Dons found a 4-0 win against a Manchester United side that looked eerily mediocre and stoic. You can argue that United played a bunch of young players that were incapable of handling the pressure or the task at hand. You can argue that the new system is taking longer than expected to shine through. The best argument is that United just were not good enough. They looked lifeless, as if MK Dons was the team with massive reputation and payroll. Sometimes it is easy to be the underdog; there is no pressure or expectations and any success is a lucky benefit. This time, MK Dons, whose total payroll of 235,000 euros (Rooney is on 500,000/week) found a result and a dominant one at that!

So the question becomes, is this humiliating enough? Or is United destined for greater shortcomings before they return to greatness. You look at the transfers in this summer and it seems that the defensive posture needed in Van Gaal’s system has largely been forgotten. Herrera and Di Maria are the biggest signings of the summer but offer no solidarity to a defense that couldn’t stop my U12 team from getting chances. We must wonder what is going on in Manchester? Three in the back requires some incredible athleticism and excellent 1 v 1 defending. Does Manchester United have that back there? No. And the club continues to pursue attacking options and that would be fine if United scored four goals a game. Alas, the struggles are on both ends and the signs of improvement and progress are limited at best.

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All is not lost though. The next three fixtures for United are quite favorable with the likes of Burnley, QPR and Leicester City on the docket. It is almost like the league knew United would need to be bailed out from its struggles so it could once again compete for something. If United get 7 points out of these three games, this could be an early turning point in the season to hopefully instill a bit of confidence in the group. It does not matter that two of these games are on the road. If you are Manchester United, you need results and you need them now. I am not a Manchester United fanboy but I do appreciate when the big clubs stick to a system and find a way to success, so I hope, and I know all Manchester United fans hope, that Van Gaal and company figure themselves out sooner rather than later. It would be some travesty to see one of the biggest clubs in the world find itself in the Championship division next year!

 

 

Is Moyes Out or is This More Media Hoopla?

Check out these articles about David Moyes and his future at Manchester United. Just in case you live under a red veil of positivity, United lost to cross-town rivals Manchester City 3-0. The team gifted a goal just forty seconds into the game. They fought back valiantly but to no end product. I feel like Sir Alex Ferguson is only attending these games to confirm to himself that he made the right move to get out of town before the soccerpocalypse begins. Check out these articles below. Some interesting reasons to get rid of the man expected to bring the reds to glory.

Not just one, but thirty-one reasons why Moyes needs to leave United

Here is a positive article already replacing Moyes with potential winners.

And lastly, an article that says Moyes is tarnishing Sir Alex Ferguson.

moyesI’d be scratching my head too if I had no idea what to do. Or is I had a passionate fan berate me after a 3-0 drubbing by Manchester City. Or if my team had found its way closer to the bottom half than the top of the league after an incredible league crown last season. Shall I continue?

Which New Coach Will Have the Most Success in Premier League?

Jose Mourinho

The self-proclaimed “special one” and the brains behind multiple Champion’s League champions of the past. Is this another situation where Mourinho will find himself winning every trophy available? One could look at the talent in his squad and the talent he is bringing in and say yes, this team is good enough to win any tournament on the planet. But, I will call a spade a spade and say that when an owner is too involved in any team’s proceedings, business blocks footballing magistry and at the end of the day, that team suffers. Still, expect to see a few Mourinho full-sprint knee slides in his $4,000 suits. If Ba and Torres can find some kind of scoring form, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Lampard and the like will have no problem providing chances. Defensively there certainly are questions for Chelsea, yet when your team scores 5 goals a game, who cares about defending anyway? I see Mourinho’s first year less impressive than everyone expects. A top four finish for sure, but more than likely out of the title race.

Can the second coming be better than the first?

Mark Hughes

After less than successful stints at Manchester City, Fulham and QPR, Mr. Hughes finds himself in an interesting situation. He takes over a team renowned for its directness and defensive organization and he takes over a team that can’t realistically put any kind of high expectations on the team. I feel that a top 13 finish would be a successful year for them. I want say they can go top 10 but after the way this year ended with their flirtation with relegation I don’t know how reasonable that is. Some signings are necessary and Hughes has to change the culture there. That is a multi-year job and a multi-year struggle. We will see how this all turns out.

Can he turn Stoke around? Or take them to the next level?

Roberto Martinez

For me, Roberto Martinez has earned the most favorable situation out of any of the new managers. He comes into a club that has enjoyed relative success given its resources and current players at the club. Moyes did a great job there and he was deservedly rewarded with his Manchester United move. Martinez was able to prove his worth by making incredible runs with a Wigan Athletic team that was undermanned but never outclassed. His tenure at Wigan was an impressive one and something that he will look back on fondly, only if he is successful at Everton. I think he will be. Better players, a bigger budget, better supporters and a nicer paycheck will put a smile on any manger’s face. Moyes has created expectations for the club but I feel Martinez will meet and exceed them. I see a top 8 finish this season with potential for a Europa League spot.

I would be smiles too if I landed that job!

David Moyes

Moyes jumped ship from Everton into a glorious opportunity with Manchester United. An incredible support staff, an incredible history and a global fan-base should be enough to carry Moyes into success. Maybe. Just maybe. He certainly will have top talent. I’m interested to see how he handles that and the pressure of ridiculously high expectations. You have the best players and the biggest egos. How will he manage all the change in his life? Moyes is a Fergie protegé and I am sure Sir Alex will be available for him at any time if need be. This season will not be all roses for Moyes. I see Manchester United struggling to get involved in the title race and struggling to find a way into the knockout stages of the Champion’s League. Is it Moyes fault? Absolutely not, but who knows what the fans will think.

Manuel Pellegrini

This is the best worst managerial job in football. Manchester City has all the riches and resources one could ever ask for. But, if you do not win the league and the Champion’s League every year, there is a great chance that you will be out of a job. Pellegrini has the credentials to manage the range of egos and talent that Manchester City has to offer. Chemistry is always an issue with teams of superstars so we shall see if he can do better than Mr. Mancini. I don’t rate Manchester City. I never have. They are easy to hate. But for all the hatred, there is incredible depth of talent. This will push them in the league and other competitions. They will be back towards the top of the league again and will make a run at the Champion’s League as well. Balotelli will be sad he left.

Is it possible to be successful in the eyes of Manchester City’s owners?

Owen Coyle

My good friend is a massive Bolton supporter. Any team that signs Tim Ream and Stuart Holden is fine by me. Bolton, for all its shortcomings, were fun to watch in the Premier League and made a push to get back to the top division this past season. A run a midseason poor performances doomed them. Still, Owen Coyle is a good signing for Wigan. He is used to the situation. A smaller club, with lofty ambitions and people willing to splash a bit of cash around for the right talent. Coyle will be able to find and cultivate that talent, similar to that of Roberto Martinez. Wigan will find its way back up this season and enjoy a longer tenure in the Premier League this time around.

Owen Coyle will bring Wigan back to the big time