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Moyes Mania Over! (To blame or not to blame, that is the question)

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It’s no new news that David Moyes “failed” as a manager at United. I understand that, trust me, I do. But, must he be blamed entirely for the club’s lack of success over this past year?

It’s a fair question to ask… After all, he was the “chosen one” – handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson himself, the most decorated/celebrated/respected manager to ever grace the premier league with his presence. A gentleman that Man United fans know as a legend among legends with an omniscient understanding of all things footy.

That being said, nobody’s truly omniscient, but last year if you had to pick one person to decide who the next manager of Manchester United should/would be, you’d have to pick Alex Ferguson to make that decision…

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Here’s my point: I understand Moyes didn’t succeed in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, but Sir Alex didn’t succeed in picking Moyes as his successor… He failed in that regard, and trust me, it shames me to say that because: one, I appreciate that he’d even go out of his way to handpick a manager in the first place, and two, that with Man U’s best interest in hand, he must have absolutely thought Moyes to be the best man for the job (which now seems utterly absurd and slightly tarnishes my view of him as an omniscient footy deity).

I know it’s easy to say in hindsight, but Moyes didn’t fail, he’s an average manager at best, and we all knew that going in, but we also knew that Sir Alex knows best… Or at least we thought so  😦

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Really quickly: NO I don’t think Sir Alex handpicked Moyes knowing/wanting him to fail so that his legacy as manager looks that much better in comparison, plus… Why would he ever want Jose Mourinho to come back to town and successfully destroy the club that he lived his whole life to serve? I’m sure that any success Jose achieves probably would irk him slightly, no? Let me know if you disagree…

Anyways, I don’t know who will or should succeed Moyes, but I do know that his résumé should have this criteria next to a bullet point: “Previous success managing and winning with a top club”

Cause logically speaking, who in the world would want a manager with little to no experience winning any top competitions?

Let me know what you think of the article. Sorry in advance if you think that defending Moyes and pushing a little bit of the blame to Sir Alex is a bit blasphemous.

Please let me know what you think about all this, I’m more than curious to hear your responses – whether they be mean, nice, or ignorant.

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Manchester United

Manchester United, buy a Rolls Reus to Engine your Offense

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When Anderson arrived at Manchester United in 2007 I remember thinking, “Wow, this guy’s the perfect fit for Man U.”  Exactly what they need – a dynamic winger turned attacking mid with enough flair, speed, dribbling and vision to quickly move the ball forward in attack. The perfect player to support both Rooney and Ronaldo (before his exit). Boy was I wrong.

Since then, Anderson has been a massive under performer, so much so that he’s been on loan all this year. The large issue was that he tried to adapt to center-mid (with obvious trouble) and unlucky for him, any middy trying to follow in the footsteps of Paul Scholes portends failure to live up to the hype. That said, I really don’t think that he was a major disappointment. At times he did perform admirably, but despite his best efforts, he was never able to be a conduit of good fortune able to move the ball forward with ease like the aforementioned Ginger Prince. Now that I’ve wasted precious time on Anderson, let’s move on…

When assessing Manchester United’s needs, it seems rather obvious that they still need a replacement for Scholes, and, while I do respect Mata’s game highly, he’s no engine. I know that he can keep possession, make the necessary pass on the counter, and stun you with his flair, but that’s still not enough for me… (I’m of the firm belief that Oscar won the starting role at Chelsea because Mourinho wanted to build a team like Brazil’s; in other words, Oscar already proved he could fit a scheme that drives the ball forward in a fast paced nature like he did at last summer’s Confederations Cup, helping destroy Spain in the Final; in other other words, after four years at Real Madrid being demolished by Ticki-Taka, Mourinho went to Chelsea to build a club to combat it). Back to Manchester United, start Carrick, start Mata, sell Fellaini, and buy a midfield engine…  Here’s why:

Manchester United need an identity and style, and it’s impossible for clubs to fear them without one. They need players that are fast, brutal and intense; their one-one draw with Bayern was the biggest statement that they made all year, and they were able to do so because they fielded a team full of rage, aggression and experience (the one player that lacked experience was Danny Welbeck, and due to his lack of composure in front of goal, missed out on some great opportunities in the first leg that really could have advanced them. That said, I think he can prove to be as good as say a Daniel Sturridge given the opportunity to develop confidence and composure, but that is a post for another time).

Marco Reus completes Manchester United: he’s only 24, he’s not a project, he’s played in a Champions league final, and more importantly, he can give them the identity that they so sorely need, and that Moyes failed to provide (Yes, sometimes players can offer their clubs more of an identity than their manager). Reus is an engine beyond compare, and he can drive everyone on Man United to better heights.

Furthermore, Reus is an immensely skilled player, he’s fast, creative, aggressive, and in my opinion, better than either Ozil or Götze. Call me crazy, but I think at this point in his career, if better talent surrounds him, (Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, Valencia, Carrick, Mata) and he gets chance to play somewhere as intense as the field of dreams, he’ll give his opponents constant unrelenting nightmares. 

Please let me know what you think about all this, I’m more than curious to hear your responses – whether they be mean, nice, or ignorant.

Other players that I feel could help: Lucas Moura (Probably would be impossible to sign, also don’t think he has the personality enough to offer them an identity, but certainly has the talent)

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