The Pundits’ Claws for Moyes are getting blunt
This week’s “Not Necessarily, Mate” award goes to football pundit Danny Mills for his expert assessment that “it could be ten years before” Manchester United win another Premier League title.
March 17th, 2014
“The whole rebuilding process is going to take three or four years at least. Then you have got to think Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool will strengthen – and Tottenham and Arsenal could possibly strengthen as well,” said the former England international during an episode of MOTD3.
Lord knows it’s true that the title doesn’t look destined to return to Old Trafford as soon as next season, as Moyes tries to contend with the pack at the top of the league – among them the surprise contenders Liverpool whose campaign didn’t apparently even start until they left Manchester with three points and a clean sheet on Sunday.
But the focus on United’s not winning the title is exactly why the pundits seem so surprised that teams like Liverpool and Chelsea are among the favourites this year – too busy watching David Moyes struggle at the helm of this massive football club to notice the teams which are playing exciting football and producing great results.
“David Moyes has not won the league. He has not won a trophy,” said Mills. “If he had a good team [this is Man United not FC United – ed.] he might get back in the top four and Champions League, but I think that they are a long way off competing and winning the title.
“Going into Manchester United, you had to build on massive success and that is where David Moyes has found it difficult.”
There are many factors to United’s complete lack of success this season – from an unsettled and ageing team growing complacent to the inexperience of their new manager; a manager who nonetheless will rank as among the most popular and successful in previous club Everton’s entire history. But for some the leap has obviously been too great, and Moyes is now doomed to fail – so much so that Unibet are offering odds of 4-1 that he won’t even be the United manager on the final day of this season – without the requisite grace period needed to stamp his own mark on proceedings.
Short of pulling a Brian Clough at Elland Road, I don’t see what’s so hard about giving the man a chance. He’s under intense pressure to perform from some of the most demanding, expectant fans in the world – and so I must ask again why the man can’t get his fair shake. Sir Alex handpicked Moyes for a reason, after all.