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Manchester United's 'troubles' - who really is to blame ?

15 games into the Premier League season and Manchester United are in 9th place, 7 points off a Champions League place and 13 points behind leaders Arsenal. But exactly who is to blame for Manchester United's current 'troubles' ?

David Moyes

Taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy for anyone. But Moyes has been blaming the players for a lack of consistency, yet he appears to have little idea on tactics / strategy himself. The sacking of the best backroom staff in the Premier League - Manchester United's Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele - also looks like a bad move.

Finally, it was clearly Moyes who thought Marouane Fellaini would do the business.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Did Sir Alex pick his moment to retire to perfection, in the knowledge that he left a squad that would struggle this term - a mixture of ageing legs and inexperienced players ? Is he to blame for the squad Moyes inherited ?

The board

Should the board have allowed CEO David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson to quit at the same time, leaving the inexperienced Ed Woodward to lead the club's transfer efforts during the summer window to such disastrous effect ?

The players

Can the players (Giggs and Rooney accepted) be faulted for their performances this season, and their seeming inability to play to the required standard ? Are some of them simply not good enough ? And what has happened to Fellaini ?

The owners

Should the owners have stepped in and questioned the appointment of Moyes, the sacking of the backroom staff, and the transfer window strategy - futile attempts to sign Ronaldo and Bale, and the last minute panic-buying of Fellaini ?

The fans

Does the fans booing and expressing their negative feelings about Moyes and players like Fellaini help the club ? Shouldn't everyone pull together and give the manager and the players their full support ?

Outside influences

While Manchester United have struggled with their current squad, many of their rivals have taken the opportunity to strengthen - Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea all made significant signings in the summer transfer window, and even Arsenal did some excellent business with Ozil and Flamini.

The media

With the retirement of Ferguson last season, everyone acknowledged that this term would be one of transition. So is it really a surprise that Manchester United have struggled, and has the club simply been the victims of a media onslaught driven by a desire to do down a club that has had so much success in recent years ? Is talk of a Manchester United implosion just all hype ?

Who do you think is responsible for Manchester United's current plight, or is it just a combination of several factors that came together and caused a mess ?

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