Smiles better for Moyes but true tests to come

Wayne Rooney, West Ham goal

It was a phenomenal effort, arching high over Adrián del Castillo’s head, bouncing once before catching the top of the net at the Bobby Moore end. Neither true volley, nor half, Wayne Rooney’s goal at Upton Park on Saturday is the kind that could spark a season into life. Yet, David Moyes’ celebration at Rooney’s […]

Preview: West Ham United v United

Adnan Januzaj, West Ham United

David Moyes can’t win. Certainly not off the pitch where the Scot has been repeatedly criticised for his bizarre approach to media relations this season. Little over a week ago Moyes publicly mused that Liverpool was favourite to emerge victorious at Old Trafford, and the former Everton boss took more than a little heat for […]

Preview: United v Liverpool

Robin van Persie

One might hope by now that David Moyes’ confidence was such have that the Scot had grown a metaphorical pair. Not so, with Moyes seemingly more out of his depth with each passing week spent at Old Trafford. Even victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend – and a comfortable one at that – has […]

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 […]

Preview: Crystal Palace v United

Eric Cantona, Crystal Palace

It is a strange period for Manchester United. Three disappointing results in succession against Stoke City, Fulham and then Arsenal were followed by the sojourn to Dubai for warm weather training – and no little activity with local sponsors. Whether the break drives better results in the coming weeks will be the only relevant proof […]

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 […]

The contract can wait: Rooney should be moved to midfield

Wayne Rooney, David Moyes

When David Moyes was appointed Manchester United manager last summer he was seen as the safe choice to grind out results in the Premier League; perhaps earning the club time to woo a more fashionable manager in the future. Yet, very few supporters expected to find United in such a lowly position heading into the […]

Preview: Arsenal v United

Arsenal Manchester United

Which side will crack under the pressure? Manchester United, having lost five of nine games in 2014, slipping to seventh place in the Premier League; or Arsenal, just two points from the league summit, but a team in shock having been smashed by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday? United’s draw with Fulham on Sunday afternoon […]