With the opening day of the Premier League looming on the horizon, questions have to be raised regarding Manchester United's hopes heading into what might be the most competitive season yet. 

Moyes has endured a tricky start to his new life at England's most successful club, and many have already questioned whether he has the big-time mentality needed to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Alex Ferguson. 

Thrown in at the deep end, the former-Everton manager has had little experiance with Europe's elite, and one wonders whether he is able to step up to the plate.

United have clearly had a less that successful pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East, turning in several less than impressive performances, losing to the Thai All Star XI, the Yokahama F. Marinos and only managing a draw when facing the mighty Cerezo Osaka. 

With a tough start to the season, including fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, a lack of form now may not bode well for early-season confidence in the dressing room. 

A lack of activity in the current transfer window has left many United fans wanting, as though much speculation surrounds the future of Wayne Rooney and possible entries to the club, only the young Guillherme Varela has signed. 

Although he is a promising future player for the club, he is not the marquee signing the supporters are desperate for. A club of Manchester United's stature and financial capacity often acts as a magnet for footballers biggest names, but so far Moyes has been lacking. 

Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea have been strengthening considerably, especially their cross-town rivals, considering the colossal £98milion spent on high-calibre players, with Manuel Pellegrini charged with recapturing the Premier League title from the Red Devils. 

Meanwhile, arch-rivals Liverpool have also been active in the transfer market, securing several players as well as the potential arrival of Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, with the Anfield side looking to 'Kop' their Premier League rivals and return to the Champions League. 

Tottenham are looking to boost their squad, potentially with the sum acquired from the likely sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, which could spell trouble for all Premier League hopefuls, with a huge influx of money in their accounts. 

All the while, Moyes and United have yet to capture touted signings, such as Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcântara, with the manager's moves in the market looking increasingly unprofessional and disreputable. 

Little decisiveness has been seen as present in David Moyes, with his stance on transfers. Moyes already faces a fan backlash if Rooney's sale is completed, with many feeling he is vital to the club's title hopes. 

A move to Chelsea would be met with considerable fury from supporters, as his quality adds a huge boost to their west London rivals under Jose Mourinho.

There is a clear need to buy someone soon, with a boost in the midfield department necessary to propel them further. 

In the recent games one positive to take is the impetus of Wilfried Zaha. 

The signing from Crystal Palace has proved a wise one as his 'raw ability' and performances on the pitch speak volumes of his talent which he displays beyond his years. 

David Moyes agrees concerning the talent of the player, stating to reporters: "He can take someone on from a standing start. He's quick and direct but what has surprised me more than anything is how quickly he gets his shots off. 

"I hadn't seen a great deal of him beforehand and obviously he's a winger but he seems to have a hunger to get inside and cause trouble in the opponents' box and that's a good thing to have. I don't like to say too much too early but I think he's a fantastic talent."

However, their is not much Zaha can do as yet in regards to refining his raw ability, and this is something Moyes and the United staff will have to work on. 

Moyes' use of key players such as Robin van Persie and company will be pivotal in order to follow what was a great season both individually for the United players, and for the team together in securing the title. 

There are positives to be taken from United's pre-season tour, but from what we can see in these matches and in the club's transfer activity, doubts can be mused on whether David Moyes truly has what it takes to be manager of one of world football's biggest clubs, as the race for the Premier League title will be one of the most competitive yet. 


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