United fans are very patient and understanding – Moyes

mmSaturday’s home defeat to Newcastle marks United’s fifth of the season.

It represented the first time they had lost back-to-back Premier League games at Old Trafford since 2002 and leaves them almost on the verge of relegation  than the top of the table, with even a seven-point gap to make up on the Champions League places.

Few had visualised such a disastrous start to Moyes’ reign when he took charge of a squad that won the championship by 11 points after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.

Various theories have been put forward for the alarming slump in fortunes, most significantly a lack of quality in midfield, which lacks the drive and fight of recent seasons.

Some fans have also started to question Moyes himself, although now the decision to appoint the Scot has been made, it is accepted he must be given time to make the decisions he feels are necessary to improve the Red Devils fortunes.

“They all understand it (the bigger picture),” said Moyes.

“Most of them know exactly.

“Of course no-one expects Manchester United to lose games, no more so than me, but it is a fact and my job is to make it better.”

It is clear Ferguson’s exit has had a huge effect, on not only  the United players, who seems incapable of lifting their game to the level their former boss managed, but also the opposition, for whom the fear factor of visiting Old Trafford has been removed.

Moyes is not to be blamed for this.

He is doing his possible best to ensure he is getting the most from his squad that he possibly can.

“We’ve got roughly the same squad that was champions last year,” he said.

“We’ve not changed an awful lot in that period.

“I need to make sure I’m getting the best out of the players and we are performing as well as we possibly can.

“I do think we can play better but there were a lot of games last year where Manchester United didn’t play particularly well and maybe, in a game like that, sneaked it with a goal.”

What was also clearly noticeable on Saturday was that United didn’t respond to Yohan Cabaye‘s opener in the manner most would have imagined.

Instead of hitting their opponents with an avalanche of attacks, the hosts meekly surrendered, despite Moyes’ efforts to improve his team.

“I tried to chuck the kitchen sink at it,” said Moyes.

“I tried to put Antonio (Valencia) on to go without a right-back and get Adnan (Januzaj) to come inside.

“We looked to try to find openings to give us a chance and we nearly put on as many attacking options as we could to try and get them.”

-Eurosports.com-

Adeyemi Adesanya

Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan

http://www.halftimeng.com

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