Monday 20 October 2014

Moyes needs miracle to earn back trust – and £150m war chest

Joe Molloy

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes substitutes Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Marouane Fellaini is replaced on Sunday. Will David Moyes be next?

The most recent concrete briefing from the Manchester United hierarchy was that David Moyes' position would not be reviewed until Christmas.

There was a slightly odd caveat thrown in, though, which stated that over the final 14 games of the season, Moyes must prove himself capable of spending a £150m war chest during the summer.

Since then Olympiakos and Liverpool have massively dented his ever-dwindling credibility. Disharmony in the ranks has now gone public.

His relationship with Ryan Giggs appears to have broken down and, ultimately, United face one key question: do they trust David Moyes to spend this huge sum of money wisely?

A £150m spending spree is not something that can be repeated next season, so the current answer must surely be, no.

A few purchases of the calibre and expense of Marouane Fellaini will quickly relegate Manchester United to being a top 10 team for several years. To start next season as manager, Moyes needs one phenomenal upturn in fortunes, starting very much with tonight.

Irish Independent

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