Man United's Inability To Hit Form Says More About Moyes Than The Players

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Man United: Moyes Is Alienating Players & Fans With His Pathetic Excuses

David Moyes would have us believe that the gods are against him, and have been since the day he walked through the doors of Old Trafford to take over one of the footballing world’s biggest and most prestigious posts.

The rub of the green; injuries; incompetent referees; nasty computers that cackle as they spew forth their fixture lists. All of these things, and more, have apparently conspired against the Manchester United manager, making his first season in charge of the champions ‘much worse’ than he expected it to be.

During desperate times, when someone feels that the whole world is against them, and all their best laid plans lie in ruins at their feet, it is a perfectly understandable, human reaction to try to find something, or someone, other than themselves, to blame.

David Moyes has generally pointed the finger squarely at that precious commodity, luck, or a lack of it, to explain United’s catastrophic demise since he took charge last summer.

In so doing, he is insulting the intelligence of a set of supporters who have been suckled on success over many years, and who have grown so accustomed to, not just winning, but winning in style, that they now demand it as their divine right.

Another disappointing display against dire opposition, in front of a home crowd starved of the sustenance they have taken for granted for so long, was followed by yet more pathetic platitudes from the mouth of a manager tripping himself up over the wool he is trying to pull over eyes that cannot be blinded.

Moyes could do worse than to take a leaf out of Ernest Hemingway’s book, ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ in which Hemingway’s old man says “It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact.” For great managers do not rely on luck. They rely on their own greatness, and their ability to get the best from the players at their disposal. Rarely do we hear the likes of Ferguson, Mourinho or Guardiola decrying the hand they have been dealt. Yet Moyes has made misfortune his mistress over the last six months.

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