The situation at Old Trafford has not just hit crisis point, it's downright chaotic, according to renowned fitness coach Raymond Verheijen, a long-time critic of current Manchester United managerial incumbent David Moyes due to perceived prehistoric training methods utilised by the Scotsman.
United added another disappointment to their ledger for the season this week as they failed to progress into the League Cup final due to a penalty shootout elimination at the feet of Sunderland.
For Verheijen, it is no surprise, as Moyes - over the past half-year - has shown retrograde techniques on the training ground, has failed to man-manage effectively and has been shown up when it comes to tactical acumen.
'Interesting to read all the reactions after yet another Man United catastrophe [on Wednesday evening],' said Verheijen, a coach who has worked at Barcelona and Chelsea in the past, on his official Twitter account. 'Why are people only blaming David Moyes? Obviously, first of all, David Moyes is responsible for creating total chaos with exactly the same players who won the title last season.
'Over the last 6 months, Moyes’ prehistoric training methods, poor player management & superficial tactical knowledge have been exposed.'
United are expected to finalise the transfer of Juan Mata from Stamford Bridge to United at some point today, Friday, for a fee expected to be £37m. If reports are to believed, the Spaniard could be one of a number of mid-season reinforcements at Stretford yet additions will not fully solve all the problems that exist in Manchester, according to Verheijen.
'Spending £200m will not solve the problem as these new players will either get injured or play in the wrong position with this manager. Moyes is trying everything within his ability to do the job. So one cannot expect anything more from him. And he did not appoint himself…
'To get to the core of the problem one should take the debate to the next level by analysing who is ultimately responsible - Sir Alex Ferguson.'
It is believed that Ferguson had a say in who his successor would be, a decision that has proven costly for Verheijen who claims the wrong appointment was made and made an allusion that if a bigger character and more accomplished manager was recruited, such as Jose Mourinho, then the presence of Ferguson behind the scenes would not be needed.
'Sir Alex Ferguson is responsible for appointing a relative nobody as his successor allowing him to stay in charge behind the scenes. If United had appointed someone like Mourinho then Fergie’s role would have been over. Even behind the scenes.
'Our friend did not fancy that. But if you do appoint a nobody, at least make sure the coaching staff stays rather than the nobody appointing his clueless coaching friends. So, after the initial discussions about Moyes’ inability to manage a big club like Man United, now it’s time to analyse the biggest problem - Sir Alex Ferguson.'
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