Manchester United fans need action, not soundbites

Olt Trafford Outside

"Sir Alex Ferguson won't stick his nose in. He'll let David Moyes get on with it."

What appears to be a definite is that the old don, Ferguson, will never manage again and Moyes feels secure enough to hope that his predecessor will watch United from the Old Trafford stands.

But many remember Wilf McGuinness wishing similar when he succeeded Sir Matt Busby in November 1969 and Busby went on to manage United for 21 more games. "You can imagine it," says one United observer. "Moyes has lost a couple, now they're losing at home. The crowd start singing 'Fergie, Fergie, sort it out' and the camera pans to Sir Alex in the stands."

Surely not, but just the thought of it should be enough to drive David Moyes on, that fear of failure that he has already talked about.

The hairdryer will continue to buzz on - Kevin Kilbane described Moyes' temper as "industrial-strength" - and other Goodison observers say their departed boss was respected and feared rather than loved by players. All very familiar, all very Tony Soprano.

With a young squad and goals from everywhere - United had a Premier League record 20 different goal scorers last season - the champions surely start as favourites but the changes at the top carries obvious risks.

How many points was Ferguson's intimidation of officials worth? Will there be a subliminal or an overt desire for revenge? It is hard to see United again failing to concede a single penalty, as they did last term, one of only four sides in the Premier League history to do so.

The new manager declares he wants to honour the traditions of the club and, to be fair, has always relished his opportunities to play attacking football. Everton made a higher percentage of passes in the opposition half than any other team last season and as a partial consequence drew more fouls than anyone else.

However, Moyes has played only one way against top domestic sides and has scant top-level European experience.

Then there is the question of whether, once an initial burst of Glazer largesse is over, Moyse will be able to attract the very best players.

"When United came calling and Sir Alex Ferguson was on the phone, you kind of got a buzz from it, " says Dwight Yorke. "Does he [Moyes] have that? Yeah, they come to play for the club, but normally you do come to play for the manager as well. So, David Moyes has his work cut out in terms of trying to convince the big names."

As a result of doubts like these, and in spite of Moyes' six-year deal, the new man is clearly nowhere near as secure as his unsackable predecessor. "That's the nature of the beast, isn't it ?" Yorke says.

"I feel that he will be given a few years because United base themselves on continuity and success. If you can see the progress that he's making, then fine. If they come to a standstill and there's no progress whatsoever, they might look at it." [Source 4-4-2]

With United faltering to sign Thiago Alcantara, dilly dallying on Cesc Fabregas who looks less and less likely to move to Old Trafford by the day. David Moyes' most expensive signing ever at Everton - Marouane Fellaini now more expensive as the date in his release clause has lapsed. Where are United going with their signings? Luka Modric is dead in the water as surely is the return of the prodigal son; Cristiano Ronaldo - despite reports this morning claiming the opposite, while Gareth Bale is pure fantasy.

Watching Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs make excellent additions to their teams, United while we won the Premier League last season with 4 games to spare and 11 points ahead of our nearest competitors; should we also not be improving the team, now.

Why did Edward Woodward leave the tour in the far east to return reportedly to "Deal with important transfer business?"

Does Dwight Yorke have a point can David Moyes attract top players to a top club?

We all know Sir Alex Ferguson asked of us fans to get behind David Moyes and that is correct, but why are United not budging in the transfer market, neither significant movements in, or out - just stalemate. We are almost in Arsenal territory a mad shopping spree in the latter part of the transfer window with limited strategic planning as to the teams needs.

The frustration of course is the deafening silence.

United fans need action Mr Moyes not sound bites, to keep the fans happy if little else.

image: © Paolo Camera

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