Is this Manchester United downfall?

The string of defeats that Manchester United has been enduring seems to represent the eventual collapse of the club. The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson last season ‘proved’ to be an invitation for this fiasco at the once-glorious Old Trafford.

The English Premier League defending champions has opened the season with some dismal performances where they managed to scoop only seven points in five matches, which contributed to their uncomfortable 12th position on the log. Regardless of David Moyes efforts to keep the same team, which won the league last season with a resounding 15 points margin, it seems fruitless and the combinations are ineffective.Despite having big names such as Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, the team was humiliated by West Bromwich during the weekend. What is it that Manchester United lacking? Only six out of the 38 games have been played so far and Moyes’ team still has to pull up the socks to retain their status.

Manchester United is one of the most successful teams in England with 20 FA Community Shields Cups. In 1998–99, the club won a continental treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, an unprecedented feat for an English club.

There is plenty of time for Manchester United to reclaim the glory before it gets snatched up by their ambitious counterparts. The problem seems to be emanating from players who are drawing comparisons between the coaching tactics of the current and the former manager. It would work for the club, supporters and players themselves if they accept Moyes in his capacity and co-operate rather than being nostalgic.

Despite its poor performance in the Premier League, Manchester United smashed the German side Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions league. Their next match will be against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, which is going to be a tough match for the ‘out-of-form’ team.

Misheck Makora 


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