Memo to David Moyes – Drop van Persie and save your job!

Memo to David Moyes – Drop van Persie and save your job!


Robin van Persie

Having one of your key players criticising your tactical acumen after a particularly difficult defeat, and you’re in trouble. Having it as  common knowledge that the player in question doesn’t really rate you or your management techniques and you’re in big trouble. Having all that and increasing pressure from the dans because you’re having difficulty emulating one of the most successful managers in the history of the British game and you’re David Moyes! But the beleagured Manchester United manager could just do himself a massive favour if he simply asks himself what Sir Alex Ferguson would have done in a similar situation. i think the answer is simple.

Never one to take kindly to players considering themselves as bigger than the team, the Scot would have drummed van Persie out of the team in fairly short shrift. Remember how quickly another Dutch striker, Ruud van Niistlerooy was given such shrift? Swift and decisive action now could show the rest of the squad that their new man in change has, as the Spanish say it, ‘tener cajones!’

Such a move could also actually benefit the cohesion of the team as a whole into the bargain. Eliminating van Persie would allow Moyes to push Wayne Rooney forward into the striker’s role, and slot Juan Mata into his favoured ‘number ten’ position where he can influence the game rather than being shunted out to the flanks where he looks lost and away from the action.

It’s often said that a problem presents its own solution if only you can see it at the time. This could just be such a case for Moyes. With the postponement of the Manchester derby this weekend, due to City’s involvement in the Capital One Cup Final, Moyes has a bit of thinking time before United’s next match against West Bromwich Albion. Before that however, there’s the international friendlies due to take place next midweek.

Should van Persie return from Holland duty with a slight knock, it may make the decision easier, but it would also lessen the benefit. When you’re down, the only way is up, and if Moyes can convince himself to drop the troublesome Dutchman, and trust the player that has, more than anyone else in the squad, performed at a high level, Moyes may just salvage his season – and his job.

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  1. Man Utd have never won the premier league when rooney was the main striker.english footballers @man u are pathetic!

    • Are you drunk my friend.. United won back to back to back title with ronaldo on the wings and rooney as a striker.. But I assume you are mexican right? You think chica is that good.. Google the team that wants his service, it is valencia,fenerbache,galatasaray and some more un heard of club from holland and russia.

      • put with ronaldo on the wings in bold and read again.put without ronaldo on the wings in 2009-2010 and 2011/12 in bold and read your statement again.oh by the way last season where exactly was he(rooney) playing

  2. i dont agree wid memo moyes a useless manager.He shouldnt change Fergie’s system once.Dis r de same players who won EPL

  3. Rooney’s the one who should be dropped . he’s the only one who thinks he is bigger than the team when rvp mata and kagawa are all better players.

  4. This writer is pathetic how can u think of such I tell u what u are one of those people that is making united a confuse club,if u claim VP is to blame for his action what abt rooney that make MANU to pay him ridiculous wages,#moyes out before u spoil all what we laboured to build

  5. my take…the team should be managed frm de mid and controlled at the back…that way forward sqd will more chances and win matcher. rgds

  6. i wonder y sumbody wil b blaming rvp 4 united downfall. David moyes is 2b blame. Do rvp tel him 2 select nonsense team 4 match? Does rvp teach him his tactics, so rvp shld b blame 4his lack of ideas during matches, shld rvp shld b blame 4 united conceseding late goals? His awrkward training, rvp shld also b blame? Y cant sum pple shut up and lets face reality. D truth is moyes is nt d right man to lead united to Glory.get rid of moyes, welbeck, young, cleverly, ferdinand, nani, valencia, smalling cos dey re nt worthy to b in dis our lovely united. GGMU!

  7. unless we get rid of moyes and his families(cleverly, smalling, valencia, evra, nani, and gudibag rooney) b4 we can get d club to glory. Moyes was so stubborn to let phelan and maulesteen away from the club. We need new manager with quality not quantity player. That’s all!

  8. I think sacking Moyes is the right way 4 man utd. I wounder y sir Alex appointed DM to manage a team like utd. he has destroyed all our records. I will be happy seeing the Glazers sacking DM and his families, including Valencia n Young n Ferdinand n Smalling n Cleverly n Evans n Nani . All should be sack.


  9. moyes should be sacked! period. after signing Mata he became very confused and doesn’t even know when to field Januzaj/Kagawa/Valencia an sticking to the useless young!

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