After 23 games Manchester United have accumulated 40 points under new boss David Moyes. In comparison to previous seasons this is somewhat disappointing to many United fans who fear missing out on a champion’s league place and as a result Moyes’ management has come under scrutiny in recent weeks.
Last season, at the same stage (after 23 games) United were top of the league with 56 points, 16 more than they have at the moment which has caused some anger at Moyes and the team for under performing in comparison with previous seasons. Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson has defending Moyes and stated “the club will not sack him” and understands that time is needed to get the best out of a team after having a slow start himself back in 1986. According to Paddypower and StanJames.com Manchester United are 87/1 to win the league meaning reclaiming their premier league crown looks a tough task and acquiring any silverware at all this season looks unlikely as they are out of the Capital one and FA Cup.
Moreover, recent signings such a £27 million flop Marouane Fellaini have again put added pressure on Moyes for poor signings. He resurrected this mistake by signing Chelsea’s Juan Mata who was their player of the season for 2 years running for a fee of just over £37 million. However a stat that is in Moyes’ favour is that after 31 games in charge at Old Trafford he won 18 games, drew 6 and lost 7 compared to Ferguson’s 12 wins, 10 draws and 9 losses meaning he had more success at the early stage of his United career.
Although this is on Moyes’ side his total points and position in the league are the main factors and are unfortunately against him which could mean United possibly don’t qualify for the champions league should the poor form continue. A trophy less season is something the red devils aren’t used to but after a slow start and surprising exits from domestic competitions an empty 2013/2014 cabinet could be on the cards if changes aren’t made quickly.