United We Fall
A letter, a plea, to Manchester United Manager David Moyes.
Dear Mr Moyes,
as Manchester United supporters and fans we’ve had to endure a lot under your reign, historic and record losses, boring football, mediocrity, and even worse, humiliation. We’ve put up with it, out of respect for Sir Alex Ferguson and in the belief that you will come good, with the expectancy that you will ‘do the right thing’ by tendering your resignation if it doesn’t work out. David, it isn’t working out.
Liverpool will visit Old Trafford later today; no United fan is expecting them to leave without the points, after all, you’ve spent all your press conferences singing their praises, making us a mid-table underdog, beggars even, with every additional word from your mid-table lips. You keep saying we’re getting better. We’re not. You kept on saying we’re fighting for the title. We’re not. You keep on saying we’re fighting for 4th spot. We’re not. Now you’re talking about winning four games straight. You’re mad. And nobody believes you. You keep talking like the season has 100 games: the season is almost over, Sir. Wake up.
Dear Mr Moyes, we’re not Arsenal, where one specialist in failure (sorry Smithson) resides – 4th place trophy is not our goal each season, neither is the continuous spouting of phrases with no bearing on reality – that’s Arsene Wenger’s job, dwarfed only by Liverpool’s quarter century of failure. Watching our team play, under your management, has become an herculean task, an exercise in frustration. We are Manchester United, Mr Moyes, not Merseyside or the Emirates. Wake up.
To err is human, as Sir Alex did in naming you his successor; your brand of football isn’t suited to our club. Most of us, globally, are not confident things will ever improve with you at the helm, rather, we deem it an act of irresponsibility bordering on insanity if the the Glazers allow you to continue beyond this season. David, please do the honourable thing soon – relinquish the reins.
p.s. if you win today, that changes nothing. Please go.