Moyes’ Champions League questions

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie’s timely hat-trick against Olympiacos on Wednesday has almost certainly prolonged David Moyes’ tenuous reign at Manchester United. Yet, Moyes’ departure may only be a matter of time, with the board reportedly wavering in its previously steadfast support for the Scot. United’s upcoming match against Manchester City at Old Trafford – and a […]

Fergie time is now Moyes’ only hope

David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers

It was, frankly, the worst Manchester United performance against Liverpool at Old Trafford for two decades. So limp was David Moyes’ team that the Scot’s decision to bring on substitute Rio Ferdinand for Juan Mata, with the Reds already 3-0 down, summed up United’s ambition. There simply wasn’t any on a day when Brendan Rodgers’ […]

Nani returns for what may be a final Indian Summer

Nani

Strange season this; perhaps more so for Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Luis Nani. Little more than a year ago the former Sporting player’s time at Old Trafford was drawing to a close, with United accepting a huge bid from Zenit St. Petersburg in the winter window. The 26-year-old was out of Ferguson’s team and unwanted […]

RVP under pressure as Liverpool looms

Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie

One of the most telling insights into David Moyes’ thinking came when the Scot told a reporter that he excluded Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United’s trip to West Bromwich Albion to “keep Rio and Vida for games coming up.” Managers should never to be judged by press activity alone, but the former […]

Welbeck goal challenges Moyes’ approach

Danny Welbeck

The goal was so good it was almost offensive. Obnoxious because Danny Welbeck’s superb strike at the Hawthorns on Saturday exposed the real talent in Manchester United’s midst; a talent so desperately underused in David Moyes’ counter-revolution this season. Indeed, while much of United’s play over the past eight months harks back to a basic […]

Preview: West Bromwich Albion v United

Rio Ferdinand, West Brom

If Manchester United’s performance against Olympiakos was shocking at first witness then it is really nothing compared to a second viewing. David Moyes’ side was not only at its apathetic worst in Athens, but the tactics were just about as agricultural as possible in the modern game. It may be United’s worst season in a […]

How United could benefit from the long ball

david Moyes

David Moyes is withstanding significant criticism due to the listless performances of Manchester United under his management this season. The former Everton manager has continued to garner support from within; including Sir Alex Ferguson, meaning the United manager is likely to continue in charge of the reigning English champion for the foreseeable future. Whispers to […]

Fergie asks for time as United plans ahead

David Moyes, Robin van Persie

The imagination runs wild; it is often thus amid the waterfall of conjecture generated by the modern game. Yet, it is the message between the lines has become ever more intriguing this season, brief and counter brief shaping the narrative as never before. David Gill’s subtle approach to media management at Manchester United has been […]

Moyes’ pride masks his predjudice

David Moyes

Amid the inevitable hue and cry from the social media crowd over David Moyes’ position as Manchester United manager one wonders quite when the Scot’s pride comes into play. The pride to fix a team fundamentally broken; or the self-respect to walk away before more damage is done. This is, as one supporter put it, […]

Warm weather, cold hearts

Diego Maradona, Javier Hernandez

It was at least part holiday camp, perhaps a little boot camp: Manchester United’s ‘warm weather’ training sojourn to Dubai in the past week. As David Moyes’ players made their way home on Tuesday more than a few observers were given pause for thought. What exactly did the squad achieve in five days away from […]