After a dreadful Manchester derby game, followed by a little balm to the heart by eliminating Liverpool from the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, Manchester United slumped once again today at home against West Brom, where the latter wrote history by winning for the first time at Old Trafford. The first half was in United’s control for most of the time, but there was no real threat posed to West Brom as they tamed Rooney and Chicharito well. The second half however was another twist in the story, as West Brom found the net on the 53rd minute through Amalfitano. United responded almost immediately as Rooney scored from a free-kick on the 56th minute, but United were really struggling at that time, and it was no surprise to see West Brom go ahead on the 66th minute, as Berahino sent a blistering shot past De Gea to seal the win for the Baggies, and leave Moyes and Co. in deep thoughts on how to steer the ship clear from further disasters.
Rooney and Nani have been impressive in today’s game, but the same cannot be said for the others, where Moyes today made 7 changes to the line-up, with RvP not fit and yet coming on as a sub. There is a real lack of team cohesion in almost every department of the team, and bar the individual brilliance of Rooney, he who wanted to leave the club some weeks ago and attracted the wrath of the fans around the world, all the other players have not transcended their potentials yet to give Moyes the desired welcome at the club. 3 defeats in 6 league games is a rather heavy toll already for a team defending its title, but yes it is still a transitional period, with Moyes trying to find the perfect line-up and put his own stamp on the squad rather than continue with SAF’s methods. SAF himself said to the fans before leaving to stand by the new manager, but the question now is for how long the fans will do so, as in the modern era of football, it’s the pride and success that matters most for a club, whereby its revenue is influenced depending on the performances, and the attraction power to bring in quality players during transfer windows. The nightmare being lived by United may not end quickly thou, unless the players start playing for the shirt, giving their best even when not in full physical conditions, and keep up the prestige of the club, else it could well end in complete horror for all those involved with the team.