Whilst results are not currently going in the right direction for the Scot – having lost the opening three games of 2014 in three different competitions - reports in the Guardian indicate that he is facing a few questions from those in the dressing room.
There are indications that some are unconvinced that Moyes can arrest a decline and that he was hasty in terms of getting rid of the backroom staff from the final years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign in the form of Rene Meulensteen, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele. Moyes brought in staff he knew from Everton as well as appointing Ryan Giggs to the coaching setup.
Some will say that could be one of the big factors of Manchester United’s poor season so far, and part of the reason that any fear factor that Old Trafford once had appears to have evaporated.
Though it is understandable that Moyes will have wanted coaching staff around him that knew his way of thinking when taking on a job of this enormity – those who know the club well, and know how to win with the club will have been able to hand the current United boss some precious knowledge.
The report also says that Moyes’ pursuit of Leighton Baines to replace the popular Patrice Evra hasn’t gone down so well – but that was something he was always going to have to face as he tried to mould a side that suited him, and shifting the old guard out of United was going to have to happen at some stage, though Moyes could point to Evra’s form not being to the standard that he would like.
With results not going United’s way at the moment, this was almost to be expected that stories would emerge of concern amongst the playing staff – let’s remember who his predecessor was for a second and who he is inevitably going to be compared to.
The lucrative six year deal Moyes was given will probably indicate the United boss will be backed above any questions from the old guard, and he may even be encouraged to move those players on if he so wishes.
Maybe the January window will change things, but first of all Moyes will need to get a couple of results to stop this talk, for now.
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