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Published: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 12:14:00 AM
Updated: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 1:32:50 AM

Nightmare at the Theatre of Dreams

Nowhere to hide. Tom Cleverly of Man United covers his face after their loss to Swansea in the FA Cup third round match at Old Trafford last week. United resume their league campaign against the same team in the late kick-off on Saturday. - AFP

Nowhere to hide. Tom Cleverly of Man United covers his face after their loss to Swansea in the FA Cup third round match at Old Trafford last week. United resume their league campaign against the same team in the late kick-off on Saturday. - AFP

IT can’t get any worse than this, can it?

Three straight defeats for the first time in 13 years, knocked out of the FA Cup, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal, a slim chance of retaining the English Premier League title and fears of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995-96.

And we are now five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, of all teams!

If this is not a nightmare, then I don’t know what is.

Wait, there’s more. There are reports that Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra could leave in the summer as part of David Moyes’ purge at Old Trafford.

Don’t be surprised if Javier Hernandez, Nani, Anderson, Alex Buttner and Anders Lindegaard head for the exit too.

Wilfred Zaha may well leave as well if he continues to be ignored and, if Moyes keeps playing Shinji Kagawa out of position, the Japanese might go back to Germany to rejoin Borussia Dortmund.

As a staunch Red Devil fan, I will continue to support the new boss ... but he is definitely playing a very dangerous game.

What Moyes is doing is similar to what Graeme Souness did to Liverpool back in the 1990s.

Souness broke up an ageing team too fast. He too wanted to stamp his authority on a Liverpool team who were very successful under Kenny Dalglish.

And we all know what happened.

If Moyes tries to change the team too quickly, United will suffer the same fate as Liverpool.

Actually, he has made the first change – breaking up the highly successful backroom staff. That, I believe, has created discord and disharmony in the dressing room.

But is Moyes the only problem United have? I say no.

He is part of the problem but the players need to take a long and hard look at themselves too. After all, these are the same group of players who won the Premier League by an impressive 11 points last year.

Some may argue that Moyes’ tactics and his failure to lure top class signings in the summer are hurting the team.

But if these mediocre players won titles for Alex Ferguson, why can’t they do the same for the new manager? The least they can do is show some heart, something only Wayne Rooney seems to be doing.

And they can start with today’s match against Swansea. United have to bounce back and avenge their FA Cup loss to the Swans.

United cannot lose four games in a row and they need to give a five-star performance.

Come on, you Devils! Show us your class and more heart.

Nevash believes that United will bounce back (like they always do) and beat Swansea 2-1.

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