It would not take too long to come up with a slogan to sum up Manchester United’s horrible season. ‘David Moyes isn?t working? would be a remodelling of something they have produced before but, as the home supporters drained out of Old Trafford at the end of a 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, enough were raging against their sinking manager to suggest that those four words would perfectly suit the mood.
Whichever way the former Everton manager may attempt to spin the situation he and his team are now in, his methods clearly are not working and neither are his players. Five home defeats in 14 league games this season, drifting among the dead-men in seventh position and now ripped apart by the club?s most bitter rivals ? a defeat which could propel Liverpool towards their first title in 24 years ? there are no positives on to which Moyes can cling.
A 3-0 victory against Olympiakos on Wednesday, which would put United into the Champions League quarter-finals, is perhaps the only result which can now save Moyes.
But with pessimism and fear now replacing self-belief at Old Trafford, the prospect of the Manchester City  inflicting another ninety minutes of pain and suffering on Tuesday is what many suspect, and dread, will lie around the corner.
Had Moyes been employed by any other footballing superpower and presided over such a disastrous run of results, his tenure would have been cut short weeks ago. His survival at United is based on the club?s determination to give the manager time to reshape the squad and team in his image, reduce the average age of the squad and promote from within.
However, too many fingers have been pointed at Sir Alex Ferguson for bequeathing an ageing squad and therefore leaving Moyes with a bad hand. There is no escaping the fact that Ferguson left a squad in need of renewal, but that team was handed over as Premier League champions, one which won the title by an eleven point margin.
With Liverpool emerging from Old Trafford with three goals and three points, the swing from United to Liverpool from last season to this now stands at 43 points.
?It?s difficult to explain it,? Moyes said. ?I felt as if the players were in good shape and good fettle going into this game, but we didn?t get to the standards required to beat Liverpool. I just think that Liverpool played well and we didn?t play as well as we can. We?ll work to make that better.?


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