Three reasons defeat to Everton is good for Manchester United

David Moyes Interview - 23/02/2014

Reasons Manchester United fans should be positive despite loss to Everton.

Manchester United may have taken a galling 2-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park, but fans should not necessarily be as despondent as the doom-mongers may have you believe.

Here are three reasons why fans of the Red Devils should still be positive:

Surely no Europa League next season

In recent weeks United had been gaining ground on Tottenham, but the results of the two teams this weekend have increased the gap. Spurs comfortably beat Fulham 3-1 while United's loss meant they are six points back with three games to play. This means a seventh placed finish is on the cards and the club will not have the Europa League to contend with next season. Benefits include a longer summer break for players, and no Thursday-Sunday match turnarounds. Tottenham have struggled with this in consecutive years while Liverpool have benefited from being without it this current campaign.

Squad inadequacies exposed

United are expected to embark on a big spending spree this summer, and this loss highlighted the fact the Red Devils seriously need reinforcements. Alexander Buttner's limitations at left-back was exposed with Patrice Evra out, while there remained no punch in midfield. A run of wins at the end of the season would have papered over the cracks, but this display and result meant they were exposed for the fans, manager, and owners to see ahead of the transfer window.

More reason for Moyes to be axed

United's slump to seventh has naturally seen rumours regarding David Moyes' future at the club spark up, with the Scotsman tipped to be axed for one of Louis van Gaal or Jurgen Klopp. This loss again, highlighted David Moyes' incapability to get his side playing cohesive attacking football, and reinforced the view that the manager should be put out of his misery. If the Glazers are considering sacking Moyes, this loss cannot have helped his case to stay.

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