The former Everton boss is finding his early life at Old Trafford very rough as he lost his third game in the league to West Bromich Albion at the Theatre of Dreams. Steve Clarke’s side haven’t defeated the English Champions at Old Trafford in a league match since 1978. This defeat has piled more pressure on the Scottish losing two consecutive premier league matches.
Despite been the chosen one by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes can be kicked out of the Carrington Ground if his unconvincing performances continues. Moyes has ‘failed’ right from the transfer window to his tactical approach on the pitch. The signing of Fellaini as the only big signing was definitely going to signal negativity for Moyes and also the Belgian was not the kind of midfielder the team crave for. Fellaini is not a creative or ‘ball carrier’ midfielder which the team needs but a ball retainer, a position Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley has functioned well in recent times.
The Manchester Derby saw Moyes opt for Fellaini and Carrick in midfield without Kagawa who had an outstanding performance in Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League during the midweek before the 4-1 defeat to bitter,title and city rivals. The midfield on that day lacked creativity as Wayne Rooney had to lead the line up front in the absence of Robin Van Persie as well as coming deep to create. Fellaini has to improve on driving the ball forward so he can form a formidable partnership with Carrick. The news of Darren Fletcher been available in October is a big addiction to the team but the Scotland captain might not be able to rekindle his previous form as he has only featured in a handful of games in the past 2years.
Manchester United has been successful over the years with great wingers like Ryan Giggs,Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Christiano Ronaldo and their strength as been mostly reliant on wide players. But the current crop of wide players has failed to produce such sparks as the aforementioned players. Valencia, Ashley Young, Nani,Januzaj can’t be compared to the group of wide players that made Ferguson 26years spell successful. David Moyes has carried on with Sir Alex ideology of also depending on wide players and he’s heading for failure if the form of his wingers doesn’t improve. Moyes have to think of a plan B without the aid of the wide players if he wants to be successful with this crop of players.
His plan B has to make Japanese star, Shinji Kagawa a core member. The former BVB star was successful in Germany largely because of the freedom he was given at the heart of the midfield and his ability to pick holes in opposition’s defence made him a valued asset. Wayne Rooney is his direct opposition in that position and that has seen the Englishman’s goal scoring rate from open play reduced. But both players can as well feature in the same game and Wayne could concentrate more on hitting the back of the net.
Moyes will fail if he continue to make Rio Ferdinand a core member of his defence. The £30M buy from Leeds in 2001 has given his best for the club over the years and he is definitely past his peak as he can’t keep up with present day attackers especially the more physical and pacey forwards. Moyes should also try to study the ability of Phil Jones at right back as the former Blackburn Rovers youngster is a better player when deployed at center back or holding midfield.
Despite Ferguson also having a rough start and spending so long in Manchester, same fate can’t be said of Moyes due to the increasing demand of success by the present day fans and owner. Sir Alex has placed the team at the apex of English football and anything less is surely not good for the Glazer Family. But Moyes has assured the club that he can fix things as soon as possible, that he’s still searching for a winning formation for different games as having a ‘large’ squad is not helping him.
Kevin ‘Kaka’ Omokaro
‘D Sport Oracle’