Man United crisis: things get even worse for David Moyes
United boss said things were 'as bad as it gets' after Fulham draw... he may have been wrong
DAVID MOYES said after Manchester United's extraordinary draw with Fulham on Sunday that things were "as bad as it gets" at Old Trafford. But he may be reconsidering that comment after a new series of indignities were heaped upon him in the wake of the result.
Since the game his side have been compared to a non-league side, he has been criticised by a former Old Trafford great, not to mention an increasing number of football journalists, one of his own players appears to have taken a personal dig at him on social media and to cap it all some of his managerial rivals have taken pity on him.
United play like a "conference team"
Man United sent in a record 81 crosses against Fulham on Sunday, prompting Cottagers defender Dan Burn, who once played for non-league Darlington, to hark back to the early days of his career. "I was just saying to the lads that I've never headed that many balls since the Conference. At the end of the day I'm happy for them to play like that," he said.
United have "cut corners" in the transfer market
ITV pundit Keane told the broadcaster the club's transfer policy was taking its toll this season and Moyes needed to bring in half-a-dozen players in the summer. "They've kind of cut corners in terms of transfers in the last few years, they've not gone out and got the big players, and it's just caught up with them this year," he said. "I think Man United need five or six players."
Zaha takes a potshot?
Wilfried Zaha, who will be remembered as Alex Ferguson's final signing for Man United, appears to have fallen out with the man who replaced him. He has yet to start a Premier League match for Moyes and has been farmed out on loan to Cardiff for the rest of the season. His reaction was to post a picture of himself alongside Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on photo-sharing website Instagram with the pointed caption: "Nothing like someone who believes in you". Zaha swiftly took the picture down and insisted that it was not a sly dig Moyes.
Hernandez gets cryptic
Zaha is not the only player making noises, according to The Times. "The controversial episode [involving Zaha] came the day after Javier Hernandez, the United and Mexico striker and another player who has struggled to win the trust of Moyes, posted a cryptic message on Instagram, saying: 'The time to talk about so many things will come soon...'" Could that be another statement of discontent?
Mourinho feels Moyes's pain
When the Special One offers you his sympathy then you know things have taken a turn for the worse. The Chelsea boss, who has been goading his title rivals of late, now has nothing but kind words for Moyes. "I feel sorry for them," he said. "I never enjoy it when somebody is having some problems, like they're having. But United are United. David is experienced enough to cope with the situation, and the future will be better for them. Yes, he's the right man for the job."
Rebellion is brewing
There was booing around Old Trafford when the final whistle went on Sunday, and several pundits are now questioning whether Moyes was the right choice. Among them is Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph, who believes that "the experiment has gone terribly wrong". Criticism from Ogden and Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, who says Moyes must rethink his tactics, will not worry him nearly as much as signs that the Manchester Evening News may be turning against him.
— Andrew Stuart (@AndrewStuart) February 10, 2014