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Matchday video: Is Manchester United still a title contender?

Oct 20, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

With the great Manchester United stumbling under David Moyes, questions are swirling.

They have a loss and a draw (to West Ham and West Brom) in their last three results, in addition to a draw on the road at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

With last year’s champions slipping fast, the Rebecca  Lowe and the NBC Matchday team debate whether David Moyes is still a title contender this season, and how the first year Red Devils manager can adequately fill the void left by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Will the lack of a belief by the squad ultimately doom Manchester United this season?

  1. Greg - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Not unless they go on a crazy undefeated run, Arsenal just look too good right now. let’s see how things go before these two teams meet next month

  2. dfstell - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I can see it two ways….. On one hand, they don’t look good. Heck, they look like they’ll struggle to make it to the Top 4. There’s nothing promising about any of their early results.

    On the other hand, they’re only 6 points back of Arsenal. If at the beginning of the season you had asked neutrals if United was 6 points better than Arsenal, everyone would have said “Yes”. Not to mention that Arsenal is about as deep as a children’s wading pool. RVP hasn’t played well yet this season. Carrick has been off. Moyes still hasn’t figured out a rotation of players and what to do in the back. All of those things SHOULD improve over the course of the season.

    But, looking at it realistically – as a United fan – if they finish 3rd or 4th this year, I’m happy. SAF knew how to win games without much of a midfield, so this team is set up in such a way that Moyes really may not know what to do with it. Option 1 is that he figures it out since he is a quality coach. Option 2 is that he buys players that fit his style and gets rid of some of the players who don’t work for him.

  3. ayevarviva - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    It’s absolute rubbish to not consider themselves contenders. Gooners will choke

  4. doug325 - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Man United seems to be an average team this year. They have had their worst start in years. It is too early to say anyone is a title contender, but both Arsenal and Liverpool are doing somewhat better than expected this year. Man United have been off and Southampton has had the best goals against results in the EPL.

    United have had only one victory in the past month–and that was against Sunderland-the team at the bottom of the league. Moyes does have a tough act to follow as Sir Alex Ferguson was a near-legendary manager

  5. footballer4ever - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Replacing a legendary Scottish coach like Ferguson with another Scottish coach seems like Moyes seems trying it to play it safe. Either way, whoever take reigns over MU coaching job has more of a losing battle to climb after what Ferguson did.

  6. Sport Follower - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    No, for Manchester United be champion Arsenal, Manchester, Chelsea and Tottenham need to have a bad run. That won’t happen.

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