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Is Champions League status at risk for Manchester United? [TWEET]
Is Champions League status at risk for Manchester United? [TWEET]
Federico Farcomeni | 01/10/14 | 4:25 PM EST 0 Comments
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Manchester United continue to break negative records…

Before the season started, every United fan suspected that things might have been slightly harsh to take this year. Sir Alex Ferguson quitting after his 27-year reign and no excitement at all in the transfer market window. But not many could predict the actual streak (not to mention the worst start for the Champions in 18 years, the last being Blackburn Rovers in 1995). United had not lost three games on the trot since the end of the 2000-01 season (when the title had already swung in their favor, so perhaps a worse situation was definitely at the end of 1996), but the bad stats don’t end there.

In the league at Old Trafford they have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 4 and they sit in seventh, five points adrift of the Champions League zone. But if we consider cup competitions, the number of defeats raise to five through Swansea City great effort in the FA Cup last weekend (by the way this weekend, they will face the Swans once again in the league). This means that United have lost five games at home before the month of February for the first time in 24 years.

At Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton were again in the stands, looking ready to open the trapdoor for David Moyes. Obviously they were astonished to see rock-bottom of the table Sunderland defeating the Red Devils in the first leg of the Capital One Cup. After all, neither Ferguson nor Charlton were born when United lost their first three games in January, that is 82 seasons ago.


British press is doing nothing to relieve the pressure on Moyes. One of the poignant statistics popping up on Sky Sports News these days for instance was the number of players used by Premier League teams so far. It emerged that Fulham, Sunderland, Tottenham and West Brom, just like Man Utd, have all deployed 26 players, the most in the league so far. All these teams, apart from Man Utd, have changed their manager.

Despite this, we think that Moyes (11 years at Everton) will definitely be given time, but even last season, when the Red Devils had comfortably wrapped up the title by March, everybody knew that the side the Scotsman was inheriting wasn’t one of the great Manchester United sides of all times. And Sir Alex knew it too…

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