United's disappointing season hit a new low after a toothless performance at Everton saw them beaten 2-0, leaving lots of problems to pick through.
United HAVE to make central defensive reinforcements this summer
It's some surprise that United look so weak in central defence right now. They sported at least five top class centre backs at the turn of the season. Rio Ferdinand had just been named one of the two best in the league, Vidic, barring some slight injury issues, remained a monster at the back, and an improving Evans was joined by two of the country's most promising youngsters in Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Now, with Rio and Vidic on their way out, the onus is on the younger three to step up, and this season, all have proved themselves woefully inadequate. Against Everton, the most promising of the trio, Phil Jones, had a shocker, conceding the penalty and at fault for the second goal, and makes Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that he can be one of United's greatest ever players sound ridiculous. A top class proven international defender or two have to come in.
Carrick and Fletcher are too slow to be a pressing midfield pair
There is a distinct lack of pace in the United central midfield. Both Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, as well as this season's signing Marounane Fellaini lack the pace and relentlessness proving to be so successful at Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton. The 'bite at your heels' approach was a trademark of successful United sides and needs to be replaced for the Reds to counter the sides now above them.
Moyes' transfer dealings leave a lot to be desired
To look at Everton's performance against United, and in general this year, would make one wonder how their former manager could go and spend £27 million and not come back with some outstanding talent. That Moyes picked Fellaini over Baines or Coleman, over Mirallas and Barkley, is quite unbelievable, and shows a real concern for his ability to identify ready made fixes for something broken.
The manager needs to learn the difference between having the ball and hurting with it
In his post match press conference Moyes delivered some quite astonishing reflections on the game, saying: "we passed brilliantly and kept control of the game, but we couldn’t create enough chances […] I couldn’t fault how we played, we kept the ball incredibly well." That he was able to watch that 90 minutes, and only see the the 61% possession United had in front of the Everton defence, rather than the way with which Everton hurt his side whenever they comfortably absorbed pressure and attacked, doesn't bode well for the Old Trafford club. If anything, Moyes should go back to his old club again to see exactly how to harry and impose themselves on the opposition.
It is inexplicable how this group of players can be so poor after winning the league last year
Despite the easy target Moyes currently is, the players have to take some responsibility in the fall from grace United have suffered this season. It doesn't make sense that a group full of such experience and such a diehard winning mentality can fall so short just mere months after clinching the Premier League title. How Giggs, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick and Rooney have been unable to deliver the character needed to pull United out of even a few of their games this year either shows that they just don't care, or they can't work successfully with their present boss. Whichever it is, it certainly makes Sir Alex Ferguson look that little bit better.