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Testing times for David Moyes at Manchester United

Manchester United boss David Moyes saw his side suffer a 2-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday

Manchester United boss David Moyes saw his side suffer a 2-1 defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday

Replacing a legend like Sir Alex Ferguson in the Manchester United dugout was never going to be easy, but the veteran’s replacement David Moyes is finding out just how hard life can be at top at the moment.

The Scot’s United team suffered a 2-1 defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford yesterday, in a game that everybody connected with the champions will want to forget.

Outstanding

Before I start talking about Manchester United, I just thought I would say how well West Brom played, or I may have Baggies boss Steve Clarke to answer to.

The Baggies produced a fantastic display and even the most ardent United fan would have a hard job on their hands trying to deny that the visitors deserved their victory.

Some teams manage to gain victories by being lucky, or snatching a goal a goal on the break when they play the so called big teams. However, West Brom came to Old Trafford with real belief they could win and they did.

Expectations

Pressure comes with being in charge of a club the size of Manchester United and instant results are expected. However, everybody connected with United seemed to have been realistic about how Moyes would do in his first season in the Red Devils hot seat.

I believe a lot of United fans accepted that United may not win the Premier League title or Champions League this season, that this season was very much transitional.

Awful

United have made their worst ever start in the Premier League era, collecting just seven points from six games and suffering three top-flight defeats. The champions were handed a tough start to the season, but big clubs are expected to win big games, that is the exact nature of being a big club.

Defeats to bitter-rivals Liverpool, city rivals Manchester City and West Brom have left United in the unfamiliar position of being 12th place in the Premier League. It is a position that United are unlikely to be in for long, but the teams start to the season must be concerning.

Adjustment

The start to the season is definitely not one of champions. Like a lot of teams that have new managers the team will take a while to get to grips with their new managers ideas and coaching methods.

When some bosses take charge of a new team there are changes, but there are signs of what they are trying to achieve, for example at Moyes old club. Moyes replacement at Goodison Park Roberto Martinez has started to instil his football ideology at the club.

That is evident in Everton’s play this season. The fans can see what the team are trying to do and most can see that the team are progressing.

However, at United there seems to be pessimism about the style of football that United are playing under Moyes and the Scot has been criticised at times for being negative.

The difference in mood between Everton fans and United fans is in stark contrast, which is ironic considering Toffees fans also had doubts about the appointment of Martinez. At the moment I know which set of fans is the happier with their clubs new boss.

That could change at the end of the season, as fortunes can change quickly in football. However, Martinez has made the better impression at his new club.

Time

Manchester United’s hierarchy will give Moyes time to turn things around. It is very early in the season. The Scot was always going to need time to adapt to his new surroundings and be at such a massive club.

He was at a relatively big club in Everton prior to coming to United, where he did a decent job. However, Manchester United is a whole different ball game to Everton. Expectations at United are far different to those at United.

Moyes needs to change his mind-set or he will fail at Old Trafford and it is simple as that. Moyes has to start thinking less negatively and start thinking like a Manchester United boss. If Moyes would of still been at Everton and the Toffees would have had the start United have had, the Toffees fans would be asking questions of Moyes.

Unknown

When David Moyes was appointed as Manchester United boss I really thought he was a good appointment. The Scot is seen as a long-term appointment, but if results continue to be poor then more people will be asking if he really is the right man for the job.

It is too early in the season for fans to be calling for his head, but David Moyes’ start to his reign as Manchester United boss has not got off to a good start. The Scot needs his under performing team to start producing better performances, if not then the pressure will really mount on the former-Everton boss and more questions will be asked about whether Moyes is the right man for the job.

The bookmakers certainly do not seem to believe that United can turn their season around, as the Red Devils are now 6/1 to win the Premier League.

Is David Moyes capable of turning Manchester United’s season around?

Sun 29 September, 2013
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