Manchester United fans are crying out for former reserves team manager Warren Joyce to come back as the club’s reserves have struggled this season in his absence. Manchester United unearthed a lot of young talents during Joyce’s time with the reserves team and were always ready with internal solutions for the first team’s problems on the pitch.
Most recently, United were given a scare as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney were all unavailable for the FA Cup quarter-final loss against Chelsea on Monday. Marcus Rashford, who started the game for united as their striker, was also doubtful for the clash but somehow he was deemed fit for the game and he took part. Had Rashford not made it to the matchday line-up, Mourinho would have had to play one of his midfielders up front as cover. How disastrous might that have been!
Manchester United’s position in the Premier League2 is also a huge sign of worry as they are currently in 8th position with 21 points from 19 games. They have won only 1 of their last 5 league games in the reserves league and have clearly been struggling.
Last season, Man Utd won the reserves league by 5 points, beating competition from Sunderland to lift the title. That was the end of Warren Joyce’s spell as the reserves manager.
In November 2016, Joyce took over as the manager of Wigan Athletic. A lot was expected of him when he took charge as he had already done a decent job as the manager of Hull City back in 1998-2000. However, he was sacked by Wigan Athletic yesterday and an official statement from the club followed.
Sharpe, the club chairman, said: “It is unfortunate that we have made this decision but with the team in such a perilous position in the league, we need to act now because we cannot afford to fall any further behind.
“Warren was appointed with the future in mind in terms of developing players but preserving our Championship status is the absolute priority and we have a duty to do whatever gives us the best chance of doing that.
“Results and performances have simply not been up to standard often enough in recent matches and although we acknowledge the difficulties faced in managing a team in a league where we are competing against clubs with much larger budgets, the nature of some of our recent defeats, especially against close rivals, has fallen short in terms of what we as a club, and all our supporters, expect.”
His managerial stats during his time at Hull City shows that he had managed 86 games for the Tigers, winning 33, drawing 25 and losing 28 games with a win percentage of 38.4%.
However, during his short stay at Wigan, he managed 24 games, winning 5, drawing 6 and losing 13 games with a disappointing win percentage of 25%.
Manchester United fans, however, have voiced out their opinion on Twitter, to bring Warren Joyce back as the manager of the reserves team, where he was in-charge from 2010 to 2016.
Here’s how the fans reacted to Joyce’s sacking from Wigan.
Sad to hear that Warren Joyce has lost his job after being given only 4 months at Wigan. I hope he comes back to United #MUFC
— Stephen McCullough (@stevey_mac) March 13, 2017
Wigan have sacked Warren Joyce. Nicky Butt get him signed up again! #MUFC
— Dave Garghan (@DaveGarghan9) March 13, 2017
Bring Warren Joyce back to United and give him his old job back. Team fallen apart without him and still no replacement appointed. #MUFC
— James O’Donoghue (@odonoghuejames) March 13, 2017
Get Joyce back #Mufc
— Liam Michael Lowery (@Lowery_1) March 13, 2017
— Daniel Mc Impact (@DMCI6955) March 13, 2017
Get Warren Joyce back immediately to look after the reserves. #mufc
— An Old International (@TakisOxRoad) March 13, 2017
— Tom Crook (@Ravage069) March 13, 2017
Would it be a good move from Manchester United to bring Joyce back in charge of the reserves team?