Six reasons Red Devils are struggling

Six reasons Red Devils are struggling


At the weekend, former Manchester United defender Paul Parker explained to me why Sir Alex Ferguson was blind to the numbers on both a birth certificate and a resume. Age and experience did not concern the former Old Trafford patriarch. He was consumed by potential, intoxicated by talent.

From Lee Sharpe to Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo, Moyes' predecessor loved an attacking gamble. He rolled the dice and United usually broke the bank. But Moyes plays it so safe, United are becoming sterile.

Moyes appears to view Shinji Kagawa (and perhaps Wilfried Zaha and even Luis Nani) in the way that Jose Mourinho looks at Juan Mata - an unpredictable luxury item too risky for a Manchester derby. Manuel Pellegrini clearly doesn't think that way.

He ordered Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero to hammer home that point with all the subtlety of a pneumatic drill.


United's midfielders are crab-like. They scuttle sideways.

As the City debacle painfully showed, a mirror could've been wedged between Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini. In a playing sense, only their manager could tell them apart. Carrick has always had passing vision. But his colleague displayed the peripheral vision of a horse against City, moving and passing sideways, seemingly unable to look ahead. Fellaini tackles like Paul Scholes but lacks his passing range.

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