Manchester United stalwart, Lou Macari, has called upon David Moyes to raise expectations at Old Trafford and has reminded his fellow Scotsman that simply qualifying for the Champions League is not sufficient to appease the United fans.
Macari, who was part of the United team relegated in 1973-74 under Tommy Docherty, knows first-hand the level of expectation amongst the Old Trafford faithful and, despite the club being in a transitional period, he knows that delivering success was a pre-requisite for Moyes when he took the job.
“I wouldn’t be happy with them just finishing in the top four. For Manchester United, that is nothing at all. A club of that size has got to be in contention [for the title] right throughout the season,” Macari said, after Saturday’s draw with Southampton left them eight points off the pace after just eight games.
Macari spent twelve years at Old Trafford before leaving in 1984 to become player manager at Swindon Town but he has remained a hugely popular figure at Manchester United since, and he has seen the club grow to dominate English football.
For Macari, it is simply not good enough for Moyes and his team to accept any period without success and he is confident that they have the potential to turn their season round.
“Sneaking into fourth place in the last couple of months of the season isn’t good enough. I think they’ve got as good a squad as any of the rest of the teams,” the 1977 FA Cup winner said. “They’re just not playing very well at this moment in time,” he added.
United have had a tough start to 2013/14 but they will only improve under David Moyes. They may be some way back in the race for the title but there is a long way to go and with betfair currently offering 10/1 on them retaining the title, they could represent great value come the end of the season.