Former Bayern and Dortmund coach Hitzfeld also thinks that Manchester United’s team doesn’t have enough young players.
The current coach of the Swiss national team Ottmar Hitzfeld, who won the Champions League in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund and in 2001 with Bayern Munich, commented on Sky Germany about the current situation at Manchester United.
“Sir Alex Ferguson was a big loss, he knew how to handle the team. The new coach David Moyes has authority problems with his team. Another problem is that Manchester missed the opportunity to regenerate their team. The team is too old.”
Nobody would put in question that Hitzfeld is an experienced football expert, but it would still be interesting to know from where he got the information that Moyes’ problem is his lack of authority; it's likely just his personal view.
The fact that Moyes hasn’t won any titles as a coach yet doesn’t mean automatically that he doesn’t have enough authority to lead a team like United.
The other point might be true though. The Red Devils haven’t managed a successful transition yet and still depend too much on their more experienced players like Carrick, Rooney or van Persie.
That’s not the whole part of the story. They actually have bought a several new midfielders in the recent years who are in their best Football age right now. Fellaini (26), Mata (25) and Kagawa (25) should be the engine of United’s team and with strikers like Rooney, van Persie and Welbeck they really shouldn’t fear any attacking competition in the Premier League.
De Gea is also a young and very good goalkeeper, so the only part where you can still find some older players is the defence with familiar faces like Ferdinand and Evra, but also in this part there are a lot of young players like Phil Jones or Rafael da Silva. Everybody says that United haven't succeeded in bringing in young players but in reality it does not quite ring true.
Maybe the main problem is just that they haven't had time yet to grow together as a team. Fellaini came on the last day of the transfer period last summer and Mata only in January. It is not very unlikely that United will substantially improve until Moyes has the whole team for a complete season preparation period.
Unfortunately time is something that big teams normally don’t have thanks to the high pressure from the media, of which Hitzfeld’s comments are a very good example. In theory United already have a good team but maybe the permanent public critique will lead to a few new panic purchases in the summer and perhaps eventually to Moyes’ dismissal.
So in the end Hitzfeld might be right when he says that Moyes’ biggest problem is that his authority is undermined - but maybe more by the press than by his own players.