Things will only get worse before they're better at Manchester United unless changes are made, beginning with the manager, opines sports presenter.
Renowned football pundit Richard Keys believes there should be imminent talks regarding the continual failures at Manchester United.
Tuesday evening proved to be a Greek tragedy for the Stretford side as United were convincingly defeated 2-0 by Olympiacos at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the Champions League Round of 16 in a performance where the club's midfield appeared disjointed, the team as a whole appeared tactically inept, where David de Gea was more involved in terms of passing (12) than Robin van Persie (10) and where the club's attack could muster only one short on target.
The result confounded a dire start to 2014 for David Moyes as, under the Scotsman's guidance, United have registered six defeats from 12 matches and have scored 15 but conceded 16.
'It's crunch time for those who make the decisions at Manchester United,' commented Keys on his official blog.
Keys sees two possible scenarios available to the upper brass at Old Trafford. The first, he opines, is one that will see a bad situation get even worse, but one in which they show loyalty to Moyes, providing him with the backing he feels he needs to begin obtaining the results and form expected from a club of United's stature. The second option, Keys claims, is to change: 'I'd be gutted for David if they did that but they might have to.'
He continued by putting forth a number of candidates should the board decide to terminate Moyes' contract: 'How about they put Ryan Giggs? But to work with who? Well - I can think of a couple of very good coaches - United men - currently unemployed and available. [Rene] Meulenstein and [Mike] Phelan?'
Keys has long had a passion for a successful United. Previously, he has indicated that it is beneficial for the Premier League product to have a strong United, while also asserting that British coaching also needs Moyes to consistently collect favourably results.
He embellished: 'I repeat - I'd love to see David Moyes succeed; British coaching needs him to. I don't blame him for everything that's gone wrong. [Sir Alex Ferguson] has to take his fair share of criticism. Nothing he's done since 'retiring' has helped David but on the subject of Meulenstein and Phelan… I said at the time it was a bad idea to clean out the backroom staff but [utting Giggs in charge might be the first step to remedying that.'
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