Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The stats look bad

  • The reigning champions, Manchester United, are lying seventh in the Premier League, 18 points adrift of leaders Chelsea after City inflicted the club’s sixth home league loss of the season.
  • This is the first time United have lost so many home games since the 2001-2 season.
  • In nine matches against the Premier League's top five, United have won just once, against Arsenal in November.
  • Last night’s defeat guarantees United will end with their poorest ever points tally in the Premier League era, with their previous lowest being 75.
  • United have now been defeated by their city rivals three consecutive times at Old Trafford in the league for the first time in more than 40 years.

Manchester United supporters have been supportive of the new manager even though this season has proved to be a disaster for the club. However, in the face of a 3-0 defeat by their City rivals, last night they vented their anger at the former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In the first signs of open revolt at David Moyes, fans furiously questioned Ferguson's decision to appoint the Scot as his replacement. Moyes also receiving verbal abuse from supporters and stewards were asked to guard "The Chosen One" banner that hangs at the stadium's Stretford End.

United have enjoyed a long run of success which you knew would not last forever. However, you could not have predicted such a rapid fall from grace even with a change of manager. 

Football at United is all about making money for the American owners. It is not in their interest to see the team out of lucrative European football nor to see the fans unhappy, many of whom left the game last night before the final whistle.

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