Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Are Manchester United fans right to be worried?

(If I haven't written in a while in here it's because I'm writing for STC SPORTS and over there I have a couple of articles per week so it takes up quite some time. I'll make it a point from this point forward to write more often in here) 

Manchester United fans are worried. Actually, they're very worried. They're so worried that some of them are bashing the players and calling for David Moyes' head already. The hashtag #moyesout trends quite often on Twitter whenever United seem to be doing badly. The reactions and comments by United fans on Twitter, Facebook and all other social media are way over the top and considering it's only been 5 games since the league started, they're actually quite pathetic.

There are only 2 ways United fans should be looking at this start of the 2013/14. Firstly they can consider this as a "baptism of fire" for David Moyes who has had to face Chelsea, Liverpool and Man. City in his first 5 games, so he deserves the benefit of the doubt to succeed and requires the time, support & patience of all the club's fans in order to prove his worth.


They can start calling for his head (like at other clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea and so on...) following such a short stint at the club while refusing to give him any time to move forward. These same fans will also be the ones who'll read into what all critics and tabloids say (without realizing that most critics say these things to sell papers and make a living off it), so they'll happily agree with them just because it's the "hip" thing to do.

However, I would rather look at the facts and other United fans should do the same too. Ever since the re-branded and reformatted Premier League started (1992/93) below are the records of how Manchester United have performed following their first 5 games of the season. In green you'll find the seasons when they've started better than this season, in red you'll find the seasons when they've started worse and in yellow you'll find when they've found themselves with the exact same points as today. Make of it what you will, but the first one in yellow was Sir Alex's first ever league title.

Should United fans still be worried? Or should they learn how to be patient instead?

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