More misery for Moyes
Following the less than inspiring display in their last Premier League game away at Tottenham, where, admittedly, a creditable draw was obtained, United returned to Old Trafford last week for a series of three home games, two in the League against Everton and Newcastle, and a final Champions League group encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk. And of course, with home advantage, expectations were high, with the hope that six points gained would propel the Reds into the top four.
Unexpectedly, however, all these hopes were dashed to smithereens as not one single point was obtained. Two back-to-back home defeats, our first since 2002, meant that United have disappointingly slipped to 9th place, a massive 13 points behind leaders Arsenal. What went wrong? Still without Michael Carrick (and clearly missing him badly) United's midfield was slow and lacking creativity, and the defence looked suspect and jittery. Van Persie was missing in the Everton game, and as often happens, luck fails to smile on a side that is struggling, as the Toffees scored with only a few minutes to go, making the possibility of an equalizer remote. In the Newcastle match, it was hoped that United would bounce back and get their revenge, but a second half goal by Cabaye put paid to any hopes the Reds had of silencing their critics, and the game ended with hardly a shot on goal to trouble opposing keeper Krul.
So a very disappointing week for United, who are clearly lacking confidence and motivation. It was hoped that after the win against Arsenal, the tide would turn. It was thought that following the 5-0 demolition of Leverkusen, the flair would return. However, the fans are still waiting. And the anxiety is growing.