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Manchester United: Moyes' challenging in-tray

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David Moyes officially started work for Manchester United this morning after being named the successor to fellow Scot and legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The man from Merseyside is relishing the opportunity of taking charge at Old Trafford. 

Moyes will have a full plate on his hands as he begins to settle into his new job and make the key decisions that top club managers need to make.

Here is a brief look at some of the challenges the Scot will face:

First impressions: 

Moyes will need to conjure up a good string of results in his opening games if he wishes to stay in the hearts of United fans, also showing loyalty to the club he now manages is key to staying in their good books. 

Moyes should not underestimate the seismic impact that Ferguson's departure has left.

Backroom team:

With Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele all gone, the former Everton backroom staff consisting of Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden have recently been announced to follow Moyes to Old Trafford. 

Will they be able to adapt to the different environment and pressures that were not present at Goodison Park and will Phil Neville be accompanying them?

Midfield conundrum:

United's midfield has never been the same since Cristiano Ronaldo departed in 2009. 

They have still managed to scoop two Premier League titles and lost the other by a single point and goal difference respectively. 

However Paul Scholes has retired for good, Darren Fletcher is battling to save his own career and Anderson is surely out of last-chances, so Moyes will need reinforcements if he wishes to maintain the well-known high standard that United possess.

The question as to who would be able to play the role very well week-in, week-out is very much up to the wisdom of Moyes.

The media:

Ferguson's relationship with the media was not the best at times but on his day he could create many headlines and wise phrases. 

Moyes can also tend to be confrontational when the heat of the moment is upon him, but in his early days in charge the Scot must tread softly as he will not be afforded the deference his fellow Scot enjoyed.

Signings:

Possible signing of his former player Leighton Baines could be a road that Moyes would be willing to go down, with attempts already made to bring the England international to Old Trafford. 

Baines is deadly at set pieces and a much improved player in his position, the move would place question marks over Patrice Evra. 

Players need to be bought that will fit in and add to the chemistry of the team, not take away or dilute the impact of current big names at the club.

Wayne Rooney:

The future of the England international will be one that Moyes will need to sort out and continuously monitor. 

United still have Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa who played out of position many-a-time for the Red Devils last season - but none of the aforementioned forwards have the same attacking flair and prowess of Rooney.

Moyes is a wise manager, but the circumstances he has been placed in may alter his decision making and possibly lead to an upset if he makes a wrong move. 

He is now at a high-profile club meaning whatever he does will be closely monitored.

 

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