— Paul Slater (@realpaulslater) January 5, 2014
At least David Moyes won an award for last month ... pic.twitter.com/9P1bmo9Co7
With the disappointments of 2013 behind him, perhaps Manchester United manager David Moyes would have hoped January and the new year to bring better fortunes for the club and the team.
However, a New Year's Day defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford didn’t get the Scot off to the best start for the year ahead and the woes continued on the 5th with their shock FA Cup exit via defeat to Swansea in front of home fans again.
What more could possibly go wrong for the under-fire boss? Tuesday evening’s frustrating 2-1 defeat to basement side Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final was the answer no one wanted to hear and least of all David Moyes.
A browse on Twitter would tell you a thing or two about the atmosphere amongst the fans of the club with one Manchester United fan congratulating the boss on being the ‘laughing stock’ of the month.
So who’s laughing? Certainly not David Moyes and clearly not United fans who have grown frustrated with the champions’ lacklustre displays so far this term. However, perhaps Moyes could use some sympathy in this difficult period but it seems as though he is unlikely to find it on Twitter in 2014.
United have now lost their opening three games of the year on the bounce and with their next game against Swansea in the Premier League and then a trip to Stamford Bridge its unlikely to get any easier for the former Everton manager.
The bright side is that was only the first leg and the deficit is just one goal – the Red Devils are still very much in the tie and can turn it all around to make the final of the League Cup at Wembley, although their recent home record hardly inspires confidence.
Maybe January hasn’t been a good month for Moyes, but perhaps March will be if United can come back to make the final – in fact it could be just what the doctor ordered for Manchester United to claim their first trophy under David Moyes in 2014 and maybe Moyes will end up having the last laugh.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald