Upon agreeing to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, David Moyes would have known he was in for a tough job. But when asked if he had thought it would be this bad he replied:
“Probably not, no. It’s been a bit like that this season, but today was as bad as it gets.”
Moyes was speaking after the champions’ 2-2 draw at home to a Fulham side who had parked a number of busses in front of their goal, only to see Darren Bent snatch a late equaliser in what would prove to be Rene Meulensteen’s last tactical victory of his brief spell at Craven Cottage.
No longer involved in the FA Cup, United are currently in Dubai indulging in some warm weather training. But even there, it seems Moyes cannot get away from the current negative headlines and struggles surrounding the team.
Rumours have already circulated suggesting Robin van Persie could be heading back to Arsenal next summer. But Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri took those stories one step further yesterday, claiming Arsene Wenger had met with the Dutch striker’s agent last month, that both parties want the deal to happen and that United will not stand in their way.
It is a bold statement at a time when little can be proved. After all, the summer transfer window is someway off and for now speculation rules supreme.
But it appears rumours and talks of transition and disharmony will continue to blight the former Everton boss for some time to come.
What Moyes needs is a run of victories, qualification for the Champions League, a hugely successful transfer window and a start to the next campaign that announces to one and all that United are back and better than ever.
Until then, he may have to get used to the whispers and the speculation.
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