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David Moyes turns on his players, says no manager could win big with current squad

Mar 28, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT

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He’s taken plenty of heat this season for the struggles of Manchester United. Heck, even planes will be flying over Old Trafford with messages of opposition this weekend.

To this point, he’s absorbed the criticism with a fair bit of class.

That has ended here.  With more reports of the dressing room turning on its manager, he’s turned on them, telling English media the current squad is deficient enough that even “if Sir Alex was here it would be difficult for him.”

Shots fired.

Moyes expanded on his opinion, pointing to the age of the squad as a contributing factor. “People are aware there is a squad that is aging, so I think it would have been a tough season for whoever was in charge of Manchester United this year.”

He labeled the struggles this season “so un-Man United” which could qualify for understatement of the year. This will likely be the first time in Premier League history that Manchester United finish outside the top-four.

To be fair, Moyes has a point about the squad.  It’s hard to imagine any top manager having decent success with players such as Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, and Rio Ferdinand looking slow and out of their depth as they reach 32 years old, and Robin van Persie struggling with injury after just topping 30.

But whether he’s right or not (which, by the way, he is) it’s a monumental moment for Moyes, who has maintained a positive and upbeat personality through the thick and (mostly) thin this season, to finally admit his squad flat out isn’t good enough.

Moyes also better be careful what he wishes for

  1. scottlemenager - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    What a farking wanker. #thewrongone

  2. vtravi00 - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Didn’t sir Alex win with the same players last year. Seriously who did they lose this year. I guess RvP has been injured a little, but mostly same squad with Juan mata.

    • nbcrollaround - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:32 AM

      Not exactly the same squad, or coaches either.
      You are correct about RVP, but he has still done a great job with limited minutes.
      What most disgruntled fans are missing is that the other top teams were playing poorly and having some bad luck last season.
      Add to that in this season oil money finally paying off, aging players, Pool finally having a good season, and two teams punching well above their weight..Spurs and EFC…and there you have the same old United.
      GGMU smash Villa!

    • godsholytrousers - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Consider last year a parting gift to SAF from the FA.

      The most “lucky” team in the league (conspiracy theory not needed, it was just too obvious).

  3. litepad - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    It’s over, he knows he’s gone… You can’t survive saying these things about your players, not when you’re a struggling new manager.

  4. dfstell - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    He just sucks….He is just revealing himself to be increasingly small time. The only fear I have as a United fan is that the remaining schedule is pretty soft. Hopefully the away trip to Everton finishes him off.

    This is in the same category as his brutal honesty about how Liverpool are favorites or how United wants to play like City. Mangers just DON’T EVER say such things…..even if they are true. Then, when it comes time to discuss how the fans support him THEN he puts a rosy slant on things.

  5. dalboncarl - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I have been a MU supporter for years. I have been dismayed with Moyes all year. He mysteriously changes formations and his lineups are mind boggling. Yes he is correct that the team is aging. Yet he made feeble attempts in the transfer market. Fellaini was a useless pick up but he liked him at Everton. Mata has been misused.This dilema is not going to be fixed in a year. Maybe Ferguson would have struggled a bit, but he would have been able to motivate them, something Moyes can’t seem to do. He must know that the board is looking to sack him, yet he makes that kind of a comment. MU needs a new direction. Moyes isn’t going to get it done. The Glazer’s should look long and hard before they announce the new manager.

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