It's about time Wayne Rooney started earning his salary. He hasn't scored or assisted in five successive Premier League appearances now. – AFP Photo
WHAT a record-breaking season! David Moyes has surely done it for Manchester United.
He inherited a team of champions and turned them into a joke.
It is easy to say that this is his first season and he deserves time but a fellow Devil was quick to point out Pep Guardiola’s success at Bayern Munich to me.
Guardiola took over as manager of the Bundesliga club after the 2012–13 season, replacing Jupp Heynckes after taking a year off. Moyes was appointed at the same time.
Guardiola inherited a team of champions just like Moyes and completed the signing of Mario Goetze from Borussia Dortmund. We got Marouane Fellaini.
Under Guardiola, Bayern set a new record for most successive Bundesliga matches without defeat. Under Moyes, we lost three games in a row for the first time since 2001.
The fellow United fan who pointed this out to me asked: “What if we had gotten Pep instead of Moyes? How would he have rebuilt United?”
I have always stood by Moyes and I will continue to stand by any United manager but that does not mean I will not criticise when the need arises.
As a manager, Moyes has been awful this season. United’s defensive frailties, offensive predictability and a lack of belief have yet to be addressed.
Following United’s 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Fulham, defender Dan Burn said United’s approach was so predictable that it reminded him of his days with Darlington, a non-league football club.
Meanwhile, “boring, boring” Bayern are playing tiki-taka football and just showed their superior class in midweek by downing Arsenal 2-0 in their Champions League tie.
This weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace is yet another tricky affair as United have lost their fear factor. Manager Tony Pulis insists that his team are not afraid of the Red Devils. Who can blame him?
Despite having lost 15 games this season, Pulis believes he can upset United. In any other season, I would have rolled on the floor laughing but this season the others are laughing.
And here’s another fun fact: The Eagles have won 19 points since Pulis took over, only two fewer than United and they have a game in hand.
To secure all three points, United must score first. They have to launch an all-out attack from the first minute, immediately outplaying Palace.
United also need to remain focused and not lose concentration in the final 10 minutes of the game. We have dropped too many points because of a lapse in concentration this season.
It is also time for Wayne Rooney to come out of his mini slump. He has gone five successive Premier League appearances without scoring or assisting a goal. With a new contract on the horizon, it is time for Rooney to pay back the club’s investment in him.
Nevash Nair hopes Moyes will not break another record this weekend.