There are numerous pundits banging on about how Moyes needs to spend hundreds of millions to rebuild a ‘terrible’ squad but I don’t think that is quite right. Firstly I’m not sure it would be wise for the Glazers to invest that much when the manager isn’t exactly proving to be red hot and secondly the players at his disposal are not that bad.
The same team won the league last year and whilst many argue that they won by default because other teams were so poor that simply isn’t the case, they still had an attacking flair, played teams off the park and had an air of invincibility. Now you expect them to lose to almost anyone.
He certainly needs to strengthen in midfield and at the back but the players are not as terrible as people are making out. Moyes can line up with a front 4 of Mata, Rooney, Van Persie and Januzaj or Valencia and with Carrick holding thinggs steady and Fellaini getting forward from midfield as he did against Palace that a promising line up. At the back is where it falls apart. De Gea is on his way to becoming the best keeper in the league but in front of him, his two full backs have poor defensive capabilities and his centre halfs just seem to have gone off the boil. Vidic is on his way out and has never recovered from his injuries, Rio is past it, Evans solid but not spectacular and Jones, heralded as the new Bobby Moore reads the game as well as Rooney reads War and Peace.
What Moyes does need is a change in approach, the players look tired and lethargic and it has been suggested this is down to Moyes’ ‘prehistoric’ training methods. They need to move the ball quicker and some pace wouldn’t go amiss. The front 4 is not that quick compared to others in Utd’s recent history. Rene Meulensteen is free again and Moyes really needs to be talking him into coming back.
The other issue that I have is that everyone knows a back 4 that doesn’t change is key but Moyes chops and changes every week without fail. He averages 3.5changes from match to match, the highest in the league.
He does need to spend some money though, not everything can be fixed with a change of approach. he definitely needs some pace up front/out wide. A midfielder who can penetrate packed defences is key along with strengthening all the way across the back line.
Hmmmmmm maybe he does need £200million after all, but I still maintain that won’t fix everything. A change in approach/methodology is needed. His methods may have worked at Everton but they are clearly not working at Old Trafford.