With Manchester United’s worst start to a season in 24 years, fans and pundits alike are questioning the appointment of the club’s manager David Moyes, who replaces the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 2012-13 English Premier League soccer champions are languishing in 12th place on the table; eight points behind arch-rivals Arsenal, who have kicked off their title bid in cracking style and are leading the Premier League.
Moyes supporters would argue that he and his club were given a tough opening sequence of fixtures away to Liverpool and Manchester City, while they hosted Chelsea at Old Trafford. The three games resulted in a single point for the Red Devils.
The derby with Manchester City was one United’s heaviest defeats in recent history as they were outclassed by their neighbors and lost 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Some of Moyes’ substitutions (or the lack thereof) were widely questioned by observers, who hoped the manager would adopt a more aggressive approach with his team down 2-0 at half time. Moyes was also missing his leading striker Robin Van Persie, who picked up an injury just before the crucial encounter. The team’s manager admitted that the feeling in the club was one of embarrassment following the crushing defeat.
The patience of United fans was tested even further when they were beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford. Nursing his injury on the bench for the most part, Van Persie made a forgettable 30-minute appearance.
"We did not defend well at all but we didn't attack well either today. We had a lot of the ball in the first half but didn't make the most of it. We had one or two chances but just didn't take them," Moyes remarked.
Also, his £27.5million signing of Everton’s Marouane Fellaini has done little to improve United’s game.
With three losses in six games, United supporters are calling for Moyes’ head. It was evident from the boos of the home crowd as a demoralized Manchester United team walked off the hallowed turf of Old Trafford, leaving observers to wonder how long it would take before supporters start seeing the wrong kind of red.