David Jones
Football Presenter

David Moyes has Manchester United fans' support but must address problems

David Moyes still has United fans' support, says David Jones

It's a crunch game facing Manchester United on Saturday Night Football this week - but then aren't they all for David Moyes at the moment?

Swansea City have the chance to make life even more difficult for the under-fire manager with a second win at Old Trafford in the space of a week, following their FA Cup triumph on Sunday.

Make no mistake, United are a club in crisis as three straight defeats in 2014 would testify: out of the running for the Premier League, out of the FA Cup and facing an embarrassing Capital One Cup exit at the hands of struggling Sunderland.

"There is recognition in the stands that the team's deficiencies are not solely down to an under-performing manager."

David Jones

It's been an unprecedented season of hardship for a club so used to making the running on all fronts.

Yet the fans could not be more clear; certainly not the hardcore who followed United to Wearside on Tuesday night.

"Every single one of us will stand by David Moyes," they roared in unison.

There is recognition in the stands that the team's deficiencies are not solely down to an under-performing manager.

Moyes acknowledged himself after the cup exit to Swansea that the situation could get worse before it gets better and to my mind it comes down to the squad he inherited.

Solutions

A major overhaul is needed to keep apace with Manchester City and Chelsea to name but two of their challengers.

Moyes knows better than anyone that his team is desperately in need of an injection of quality, particularly in central midfield.

Prior to Marouane Fellaini the last senior central midfield player United signed was Owen Hargreaves in 2007!

Since then Nick Powell (on loan at Wigan) came from Crewe and Paul Pogba came and went (criminally) for nothing - a player now starring for Juventus who given game time at Old Trafford could have become their driving force.

Instead they have Ryan Giggs fighting age, Michael Carrick fighting injury, Fellaini who's currently sidelined, and Tom Cleverley who seems low on confidence.

Some would class Shinji Kagawa as a central midfield player, but not, it seems, his manager.

These problems are not of Moyes' making but he can still be the man who finds the solutions. It's a process that will take time but it needs to start now - and there are only three weeks left of this transfer window.

Moyes has the support of the fans and now he needs serious backing from the club's hierarchy to match.