Savage on Man U: They won’t finish in the top 4

This is not going to be a popular opinion at Old Trafford, but there is no point in pulling punches.

I don’t think Manchester United are going to finish in the top four this season – because the fear factor among visiting teams has gone.

(Telegraph)

(Telegraph)

As I’ve said in this column before, I like David Moyes and I believe he should be given time to build his own dynasty at United – Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be an impossible act to follow.

However, recent Premier League results at Old Trafford don’t paint a false picture.

Visiting opponents are not scared of United any more.

In previous years, when you lined up in the tunnel before kick-off and glanced across at a cast of household names, you were beaten before a ball was kicked.

But do opponents look across the tunnel now and raise the white flag?

I don’t think so.

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are fabulous players, but even one of the best double acts in Europe can’t hurt you if they don’t get enough service.

For me, United are not moving the ball quick enough.

They are not playing at a high enough tempo. There are not enough players running from midfield to get behind the opposition back four.

Rooney is having to come deep to receive the ball when he should be getting more support in the box from midfield.

And in all the years I have been going to Old Trafford as player and observer, I have never known the fans turn on the team the way they did during the first half against Stoke.

Die-hard United fans who called up Six-O-Six were shocked at the ­atmosphere, and I share their surprise.

By the way, I stand by what I said on Match of the Day last week – on present form, I rate Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as the best pair of strikers in the Premier League.

Oh dear, that may not go down well at Old Trafford, either!

Source: Mirror

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One Comment on “Savage on Man U: They won’t finish in the top 4”

  1. Martin Cooney, Stone Sculptor November 4, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Bit early for this sort of talk I’d say. But if nothing has changed by Christmas then I’d say perhaps the the writing may just be on the wall for Moyes. While I can’t see them winning the title this year I simply cannot see them failing to snag a CL place either. Still lets not forget these are very early days and much will hinge on the next two months.

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