David Moyes’ candid comments about Manchester United’s chances in Europe this season were true, yet entirely inappropriate.
The United squad does lack the quality to compete at the highest level but Moyes did not need to admit it in public. The players, fans and owners already know the shortfalls of our squad so I am unsure as to the purpose behind Moyes speaking negatively of the squad, especially ahead of our tough trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Moyes’ comments were both ill timed and ill advised given the context of how much pressure United are under this season and looking back on how he has discussed the squad this summer, it also marks a strong change in stance from the Scot himself on the current strength of our squad,
2 September 2013: ”We’ll continue working for what’s left of it (transfer window), to try and get what we can in but from what I saw of the players, I’m more than happy with the players I’ve got.”
24 September 2013: “I think a lot of people thought Manchester United [winning the title] last season, that it was probably the form of the other teams that was poor.
“I don’t think it’s actually the squad, I think we’ve got numbers. I think maybe we’ve got work to do to bring in players not for the squad but to go right into the team.
“It’s not necessarily the squad players we needed, we needed one or two who might have gone in [to the team]. That will happen. But going back to that transfer window, we always said it was going to be a tough one and it was going to take a little bit more time.
29 September 2013: “If you look at Bayern Munich, they have five or six really world-class players, and to win it [Champions League] you might have to have that in your squad.
“Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past, and Real Madrid have maybe got it now.
“That’s the level you have to get at to win it. We’ve not got that yet. What we have got is experience and several players who are in that category or close to it.”
Speaking negatively about the squad may be his way of talking to the Glazers or a simple case of reverse psychology to try and improve the players, but it isn’t filling the fans with any sort of confidence.
Moyes has to change his approach to the media now that he is manager of United. He can’t be open about our affairs and must keep things in house. The only thing that negative comments are going to do is add fuel to the fire.
This is not slander. This is not an attempt to turn fans against Moyes so don’t take it as that.
Every United fan needs to support the club through what is going to be a season littered with bumps and bruises, but Moyes needs to make sure that he toes the line too. Almost performing a U-turn on his opinion about the United squad within four weeks is exactly the opposite of that.