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Manchester United watch: Moyes’ paranoia, Liverpool relived and rejecting Ferguson’s winners

by | 30th, September 2013

MANCHESTER United lose at home to West Bromwich Albion. Some shock. But what did David Moyes say at the start of the season:

“I think it’s the hardest start for 20 years that Manchester United have had. I hope it’s not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year the fixtures have been made much more difficult. I find it hard to believe that’s the way the balls came out of the bag, that’s for sure. But if it is a hard start for Manchester United, it is a hard start for everyone else because they have to play us.”

Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the first five matches is tough. But United earned one point from those three matches. They’re not that hard to beat.

He then added:

“To win the Champions League, you need five or six world-class players. Look at Bayern Munich, they have it. Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past and Real Madrid, who have maybe got it now. That’s the level you have to be at to win it. We’ve not got that yet.”

Isn’t that an admittance of his own failure? It was Moyes who said over the summer transfer season:

 “Isn’t it great that the club says, ‘There’s no budget here, you go get who you want to get, just go and do it’.”

Isn’t it weak when a top manager says, “I’ll give it while and see what I’ve got”?

Alan Hansen hears bells in the Daily Telegraph. 

“…alarm bells are ringing and there are clear similarities between the United of 2013 and the last Liverpool team to win the title back in 1990. I played in that Liverpool team 23 years ago and it was in the bottom three of the eight title-winning sides I played in at Anfield. It was an ageing team, one which Kenny Dalglish was looking to break up and build again with new players. In the past the club had successfully combined winning and rebuilding, but this time was different… United have more depth and quality than the 1990 Liverpool side, but I would say that the two first teams are comparable in terms of the issues they faced. Both could be described as ageing teams that needed breaking up, but with issues over those brought in as younger replacements.”

Younger? One year ago, David McDonnell wrote in

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