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Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 2:16:00 AM
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by brian martin
These are worrying times for Man United and their new manager David Moyes, as the team are now 12 points behind leaders Arsenal going into the hectic holiday fixtures. - AFP
GET behind your team!
That’s the message Manchester United fans should be telling each other. And not just criticise David Moyes and his under-performing team. Yes, it is unacceptable that we are ninth in the standings – 12 points behind the leaders Arsenal. But we always knew that this was going to be a difficult season without Sir Alex Ferguson.
As a United fan, it hurts that results are not going our way, more so when we lose at our once mighty fortress Old Trafford to the likes of West Brom and Everton.
But what makes it worse for me is our own fans joining the legions of ABUs (Anything But United) and slagging our team. Come on!
It’s the start of December and you’re writing off the Red Devils’ chances of not only winning the title but also of even making the Champions League places?
Abuse from the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal fans (hey, we’re the champions and they’d love for us to fail) is the norm, but it shouldn’t come from fellow Red Devils and not after only 14 matches into the season.
The chorus of boos that rang out around Old Trafford in midweek, while unhelpful and unwelcome, is a warning sign for Moyes and his team. The message from the terrace is clear – every team loses and United have had their fair share of defeats under Fergie, but we don’t like to see our team crashing to cheap defeats. United sides go down fighting.
What then can Moyes do? A lot actually. They used to say that Fergie alone was worth 10 points to his team every season. So, the influence of the manager should never be underestimated.
Here then are my humble suggestions on how Moyes can arrest United’s slump and (hopefully) take them back to the summit.
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