Manchester United Manager David Moyes is under a crisis situation it seems as there is a growing unrest within his playing staff over managers’ tactics , despite continued backing from club’s hierarchy.
Most of today’s papers report that Manchester United’s board will continue to back beleaguered manager David Moyes, but the Daily Telegraph claims his future is still in doubt because of a player revolt.
The paper reports that squad misgivings over the manager’s tactical approach and training methods are threatening to undermine the ongoing backing from the club’s owners. Telegraph Sport has reported that it is “aware of the concern of squad members over the inability of the manager to arrest the slump”, although no players are mentioned by name.
With United now having endured eight defeats in 17 games in 2014, the patience shown by the majority of Moyes’s players with his tactics and approach to the job is now at breaking point. And despite Manchester City inflicting on United a third humiliating defeat in the space of a month after a 2-0 Champions League humbling against Olympiakos in Athens and the 3-0 defeat against Liverpool at Old Trafford 11 days ago, senior figures at the club remained unmoved on Wednesday in their support for the 50-year-old.
However, it is no secret that Moyes’ training methods are different to his predecessor and it would be unreasonable to expect everyone to agree with them, most players having become accustomed to training under Alex Ferguson for so long. But there are concerns over recent results and Moyes’s inability to halt a slide which has left United struggling even to qualify for the Europa League.
Since his appointment in July, the Scot has faced criticism from both internal and external sources regarding his ‘involved’ training sessions. There is particular displeasure from those in Holland, concerned by the effect of the manager’s overbearing approach on Robin van Persie, who has himself looked unsettled during this campaign.
Off late, there have been no visible signs of improvement within the squad, and Moyes’ tactics, particularly in the Manchester derby, were questionable at the very least. He has looked out of his depth far too often this season. And now, Moyes is regarded as having few allies in the dressing room as he approaches the final seven league games of the season. But despite the concerns within the squad, Woodward and the Glazers believe that the current problems on the pitch are proof of the need to rebuild the team this summer – a job which they are backing Moyes to undertake.
However, quite how this discontent will manifest itself is yet to be seen, and short of a coup by the players, Moyes will remain in employment at Old Trafford as long as the powers-that-be are willing to give him a chance to prove himself.