United defender says they can win everything
Long serving Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand has made the claim today that he feels his side can still win every major competition, and hit back at those who say his side are weak.
A poor summer
David Moyes first summer at Old Trafford proved a difficult one for the Scot, and deadline day in particular meant criticism was flown at him for the way United handled their business.
Despite just about landing long time target Marouane Fellaini, the Red Devils chaotically missed out on Ander Herrera and Fabio Coentrao, seemingly in a sense for bad time keeping.
And their start to the league season has also been shaky, despite a convincing victory in their first game against Swansea City, lacklustre performances against Chelsea and Liverpool have got some United fans worried.
But Ferdinand believes critics are over exaggerating the extent to which United have struggled.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the former England captain said, “We’ve got a strong enough squad to win everything.
We won the league at a canter last season and we’ve not become a bad team overnight. We believe strongly in what we have got. And anyway, you can’t judge the league after three games.”
But really the pressure has rather harshly landed solely at the feet of Moyes, who perhaps is happy the international break gives him some time to work out his team for the coming season.
Is he right?
So the real debate is whether Ferdinand has a point, has the criticism of United been completely blown out of proportion?
In some senses, yes, it clearly has.
I think calling their summer a disaster is hyperbole as United still have a strong squad, and keeping Wayne Rooney I think is a huge boost to the side.
Furthermore, it’s been exaggerated how bad they have done one because its Man U, and two because Sir Alex is no longer there, so people seem quick to jump on the bandwagon that it’s all Moyes’ fault.
Very harsh indeed, it’s been three games, and the Scot has proven he is a great manager and there is plenty of the season to go, and they are still for me one of the top three favourites to win the league.
However, it’s obvious as well that there are problems at Old Trafford.
With their major rivals securing some world class talent during the summer it must be asked why a team like United failed to bring in anyone that is of the quality of a Mesut Ozil, or Jesus Navas, or Andre Schurrle.
It has been said that the departure of David Gill in particular has hurt the Red Devils, and I agree with this statement, it certainly isn’t all Moyes’ fault.
On the pitch clearly they need to improve, and this is something that needs to be addressed, but the former Everton manager does have ample time to get the best out of his team.
I do feel though that Ferdinand’s statement that his side can win everything will take a hell of a lot to prove.