After suffering consecutive 1-0 defeats at home to Everton and Newcastle, respectively, David Moyes admitted that Manchester United is in the midst of ‘a transitional period.’ Indeed, the club -- now 13 points adrift of first-place Arsenal -- is most likely transitioning from being Premier League champion into something else. And as it continues to drop points, qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League -- the minimum requirement for United supporters and shareholders -- is looking a taller task with each passing week.
After the loss to Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday, former Everton coach Moyes pleaded with fans for more time: "There will be [light at the end of the tunnel] because it is a transitional period and that was always going to be the case," he said. "I hoped it wouldn't have been as poor as it has been in the last few games. When I came here I knew it was never going to be easy and it's proved to be that way."
The Scot, who replaced the legendary Alex Ferguson last summer, went on to praise the club’s fans: "I think the United supporters have been great to me and great to the club," he added. "They understand there is a big transition going on here and, like me, I don't think they expected us to have lost five games at this stage of the season. We didn't expect that. But I think they understand that there is a change going on. We'll work, try to improve and try to get better."
Luckily for Moyes, this strange season has seen other title contenders continue to drop points, too, so despite taking just two points from its last four EPL league games, United is still only seven points adrift of Manchester City, which currently occupies the fourth and final UCL slot.