With his tongue firmly in his cheek, Vincent Ralph looks at the story regarding the Manchester United manager and a joke about a supermarket.
There have been countless stories about Manchester United manager David Moyes and what the future may or may not hold for him. But few have been as bizarre as the one many United fans will have read this morning.
As reported by a whole host of media outlets including the Daily Mail, Tesco Mobile’s Twitter account joked that Moyes may not fit in at the company as they are “award winners”.
It is just another punchline in a season full of them. And one senses that given the time to rebuild the team, it is the former Everton manager who will have the last laugh.
But it also got me thinking: If Moyes really could not get a job at Tesco then surely his players would not even be accepted on a work experience placement.
You remember the ones. The “jobs” your school got you to take when you were about 15, in an industry that probably had nothing to do with your ultimate career plan.
Although it was a week or a fortnight that got you out of the classroom and into the “world of work”…which is like the world you were used to except boring and full of unwanted responsibility.
And it also differed from a real job because you did not actually get paid for it.
While Moyes has been blamed by many for the results that have seen United slip out of both domestic cups and top-four contention in the league, the players who have failed to step up should also be held accountable.
And if Moyes could not get a job at Tesco – even hypothetically and solely for the benefit of a joke – who would employ the majority of United’s players given their failure to step up when the going gets tough?
Only a small minority of Moyes’ side have performed anywhere near their potential this season, with Adnan Januzaj and David de Gea shining in particular.
But too many of the rest just have not performed, so forget about being employed by their local supermarket. Their performances may not even justify a position where their only payment would be in praise.