David William Moyes, born 25th April, 1963 may be finding his seat at Old Trafford too hot for him to enjoy just as his legendary predecessor Sir Alex Chapman Ferguson did. Theatre of Dreams was the name of the great Old Trafford stadium during Sir Alex reign, but it has now turned to be a Theatre of Nightmares if not a Theatre of Screams. The wild-eyed Scot left the Merseyside at the end of 2012/2013 EPL season to join the Red Devils only for him to find the mantle too heavy a responsibility to handle. The pre-season started badly for the new boss at the Man United throne registering 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses.
- Lost 1-0 to Singha All-Stars
- Won 1-5 against A-League All Stars
- Lost 3-2 to Yokohama F. Marinos
- Drew 2-2 with Cerezo Osaka
- Drew 1-1 with AIK
- Lost 1-3 to Sevilla.
They however managed to bounce back by clinching the FA Community Shield, beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 with both goals coming from their “Flying Dutchman” Robin van Persie. They went on to start the Barclays Premier League defense in a respectable fashion by thumbing Swansea City 1-4 at Liberty Stadium. However, their inconsistency and poor squad selection by the man at the helm have seen them drop more points than any other top four aspirants in the title race. They currently sit 7th in the league with 40 points, 15 points behind league leaders Arsenal and 7 points behind 4th placed Liverpool. Along the way, they have lost a total of 8 games in the Barclays Premier League.
- Lost 1-0 to Liverpool(BPL)
- Lost 4-1 to Manchester City(BPL)
- Lost 1-2 to West Bromwich Albion(BPL)
- Lost 0-1 to Everton(BPL)
- Lost 0-1 to Newcastle(BPL)
- Lost 1-2 to Tottenham Hotspurs(BPL)
- Lost 1-2 to Swansea(FA Cup-3rd Round)
- Lost 2-1 to Sunderland(Capital One Cup-1st Semi-final leg)
- Lost 3-1 to Chelsea(BPL)
- Lost 2-1 to Stoke City(BPL)
Moreover, they have drawn against Chelsea, Southampton, Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspurs. These results have led to Man United’s poor position in the league. As it stands, many questions are being raised concerning Moyes’s ability to turn things over as they try to push for the final Champions League berth at the expense of Liverpool FC. They have enough arsenals in their armory to sustain a late assault for the 4th place which will guarantee them get a real possibility of playing in the ludicrous UEFA Champions League next season. But as we wait in anticipation with our fingers crossed, to see if Rooney, RVP, Mata and co. can defy the odds and beat Liverpool to the only realistic UEFA qualification spot, let’s look at David Moyes’ Record Breaking Stats so far:
- 1st home loss to West Bromwich Albion since 1978.
- 1st home loss to Newcastle United since 1972.
- 1st home loss to Everton since 1992.
- 1st home loss to Swansea City.
- 3 defeats in a row for the 1st time since 2001.
- 1st league loss to Stoke City since 1984.
Then the question remains to be; Is David Moyes the right man for the big job at the Old Trafford Throne?
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Rono K. Leonard.