Dear God, not content with surrendering the title, Moyes' Mancs have now contrived to exit the Capital One Fan Cup at the hands of Blunderland - and over two legs at that!
So, it is official. Manchester United's domination of the English game
has passed into history, just like Liverpool's. This weekend's results
drove the final nail into both team's title pretentions and there's no
way back for either of them in the title race now.
But there the comparison ends. Liverpool look as if they are on the way
back, and Rome wasn't built in a day. Brendan Rodgers has done a superb
job this season and if a Champions League place can be secured this
season, and if Suarez decides to stick around and dive to ground, then the renaissance may
be completed some time over the next two years.
However, a crisis is unfolding at Old Trafford. The defeat at
Chelsea will simply confirm for many that Mourinho, not Moyes, should
have succeeded Ferguson, and the Chosen One, as opposed to the Special
One now faces a huge mountain to climb if he is going to restore
One glance at the table tells you how bad the situation is. Tottenham
sit in fifth, six points ahead of the floundering Mancs, and Tottenham
sacked AVB because of a poor first half of the season. If it's not good
enough for Tottenham, why the hell is it good enough for Manchester
United? True, results have improved under Timmy, but that just adds
grist to the mill for those wanting Moyes to take an early exit. And
meanwhile, Everton, under Moyes' replacement, are also ahead of
his jack-knifed juggernauts, rubbing acid into the already red raw
And it's not as if a quick fix presents itself. Ferguson left behind an
imbalanced squad, with key players ageing. Scholes was never replaced,
Rio in his prime was better than any of the centre backs presently in
the squad, and Giggs has gone over the top at long, long last. True RVP
has been sorely missed, but since when have Manchester United been
dependent on one player?
Meanwhile, the shadow of Ferguson spreads itself over the Old Trafford
pitch as the former manager shakes his head in disbelief in the stand.
Fans are calling for his return, but the only way forward is probably
for him to be asked to stay away from the ground. But you can't do that
to a god can you?
Moyes has won precisely nothing in the game and the Manchester United
super stars know that. When he switches on the hair-dryer, players who
have achieved far more in the game than he has simply shrug their
shoulders and think, "Like you know anything about winning!"
Comparisons have been made with Ferguson's slow start at Old Trafford,
but Ferguson took on a sleeping giant and awoke it from it's slumbers;
Moyes is taking on a team that is drifting in to a coma!
And if qualification for the Champions League is missed, the crisis will
simply deepen. RVP back to Arsenal anybody; or to Manchester City? And
Rooney to Chelsea? And let's be honest, Januzaj apart, none of the
others will have a queue of top teams wanting to sign them, will they?
Now, let's see how committed the Glaziers are, shall we? One big signing will not be enough; for Moyes to be a winner he will need five, or six, or seven or...