Saturday, 8 March 2014

David Moyes plea for Manchester United fans to keep the faith

David Moyes likely absence from the Champions League will cost the club between 25 30m

DAVID MOYES has admitted he never envisaged his first season as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor turning into Manchester United’s worst for over two decades.
And he has promised fans he will compensate for their patience and support by re-building United into a great team again.

That patience reached a tipping point after United’s last performance – the lacklustre defeat to Olympiakos that has left them facing an embarrassing exit from the Champions League against the team considered the weakest left in the competition.

If United fail to improve at West Brom today (Sat) or in their next three season-defining home games – against Liverpool, the return with Olympiakos and Manchester City – it will only serve to fuel crowd unrest.

United are almost certain to finish out of the top four for the first time in the Premier League era, on top of crashing out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup to Swansea and Sunderland respectively. And they need a 3-0 home win in their second leg against Olympiakos to stay in Europe.

But, for now, Moyes is confident the vast majority of United followers still believe he is the right man to transform the club’s fortunes.

In his column in the United’s quarterly magazine for season ticket holders, he said: “While I knew that this job would be a challenge when I took it on, the difficult season we have experienced was not something that I envisaged, which I am sure is the case as well for you supporters – and my players, staff and I am desperate to compensate for that.

“Over the years you have seen great winning sides here and, in time, I have absolutely no doubt that we will see great winning sides here again.
“A big step towards that will be transforming Old Trafford back into the fortress it has long been renowned as, and we will do everything in our power to get the positive performances and results to do that, so that we can give you season ticket holders and all of our supporters something to shout about.

“Supporting your team when they are winning is easy, but much harder when things are not going as well, and the loyalty you have shown us has been magnificent.

“Everywhere we turn people outside the club have a lot to say about Manchester United, but we have all stuck together through some tough times this season and I firmly believe that, in the long run, we will all come out at the other end, stronger for the experiences. Everything we have been through will make us a better, stronger team and club in the future.”

United have already taken the decision to freeze season ticket prices next season and Moyes’ words will no doubt be interpreted, in part at least, as an attempt to drum up optimism with the club sending letters this month for season ticket renewals.

With a £200m squad revamp planned this summer when Moyes will attempt to land targets like Luke Shaw, Tony Kroos, Marco Reus, Ilkray Gundogan and Eliaquim Mangala, United need to ensure Old Trafford is full to its 75,000 capacity for every home game, especially as their likely absence from the Champions League next season will cost them around £25-30m.
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Apart from insisting the fans are still behind him, Moyes also says so are his players amid suggestions from former Holland star Ronald De Boer that Robin Van Persie, for one, is unhappy and will leave unless new signings are brought in.
At his press-match press conference yesterday, he said: "I don’t accept that suggestion [ that the players are not playing for me]. We had a bad night against Olympiakos - it was the poorest we have played - and we all take responsibility for that. But I really believe the players are working hard for each other. They know they can play better and they know they will play better. That’s our aim.

“Where do we need to be better? We want to become more creative. We’ve played some good stuff at times and the introduction of Juan Mata has made a difference in recent games and that will get better as we get more used to him as well.

“But I do think we need to be more forceful, we need to try to take more chances. We’ve created a lot of chances, we’ve crossed the ball a lot and had opportunities. But maybe the cross or the finish hasn’t been good enough.”

Phil Jones is back from concussion and is set to line-up with Chris Smalling in the centre of the defence with Moyes ready to look to the future with Nemanja Vidic leaving for Inter Milan at the end of the season when Rio Ferdinand is set to quit..... what do you have to say??

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