EPL: United's zzz....zeroes

EPL: United's zzz....zeroes
Man United manager David Moyes has now led the club to their 10th defeat in this season's EPL.



(Edin Dzeko 1, 56, Yaya Toure 90)

And so it came to pass. With a clinical lack of remorse, Manchester City stomped on their neighbours' fingertips.

Manchester United are tumbling into an endless abyss of humiliation.

Dignity is gone. So has any remaining sympathy. No Premier League champions have previously transformed from title heroes into mid-table zeroes in just nine months.

The derby disaster on Wednesday morning (Singapore time) was not short of candidates. Here are the top four (with one bonus).

Tom Cleverley

No sportsperson deserves the vitriolic abuse spat out at the United midfielder by anonymous twits hiding behind their Twitter accounts. He's a professional footballer enduring a wretched season. He's not a serial killer. But he hasn't helped himself.

Trade-marking "TC23" in a bid to create a Tom Cleverley brand in a fashion previously patented by Michael Jordan and David Beckham wasn't the smartest marketing move when his on-field displays were less than eye-catching.

He has been a scapegoat for David Moyes' blundering, but he does epitomise United's failure to play what Gary Neville referred to Wednesday as the "risk pass".

Cleverley's pass completion rate is high, as he usually knocks the ball back from where it came.

If you want backwards or sideways passes, then Cleverley's your man.

The problem is Man United have never particularly wanted that kind of player. The bigger problem is Moyes does seem to covet such a conservative player.

As part of a disastrously negative three-man central midfield, Cleverley was out of position, out of touch and out of ideas. He could be out of time at United.

Juan Mata

Jose Mourinho has undoubtedly pulled off the managerial masterstroke of the season.

He sold a player he didn't want and convinced Moyes to pay over the odds for a player he didn't need.

As long as Robin van Persie remains at United, there are 300,000 reasons why Wayne Rooney owns the No. 10 role.

So Mata has been left to trudge along the game's fringes out on the flank.

Moyes has taken a violinist from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, handed him a trumpet and said: "See if you can blow something out of that, son."

It's preposterous. Mata scored 19 times for Chelsea last season. He's still waiting for his first goal for United.

As long as his qualities continue to be squandered, he's not likely to score.

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