After seeing Manchester United's fixtures for the start of the new season, many football fans are anticipating an entertaining and drama-filled few weeks to the 2013/14 campaign as the champions begin the defence of their title.

The hearts of David Moyes and many of the United faithful, however, will have sunk slightly.

In their first five fixtures, Manchester United entertain Chelsea at home, and have to travel to Anfield to face Liverpool and across town to the Etihad Stadium in order to face Manchester City.

Starting the campaign off with a tough task to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium gives Moyes a very tough start to his first campaign as Manchester United manager.

The former Everton boss already has what is one of the toughest jobs in football - but following the most successful British manager and trying to ensure that Manchester United's success continues under his reign as well as it did under Sir Alex Ferguson's will be no mean feat.

The first five weeks of the season will be one of the toughest of Moyes' managerial career - every result, substitution and formation will be scrutinised relentlessly. Any loss will be even bigger than it already would have been. 

But perhaps the toughest part of all will be winning the fans over. Many Manchester United fans have known nothing but success.

These five weeks will be their chance to get behind Moyes, and get a feel for the way in which he works. Every single one will be praying that he succeeds.

It will be a time for the United faithful to show that they truly are faithful.


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