David Moyes no doubt proved his ability at Everton during his 11-year spell at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have risen from a club facing unsuccessful times to a dominant force in the English Premier League falling only behind the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and, of late, Tottenham.
During his reign, Everton even qualified for the Champions League in 2005 as well as reaching the FA Cup final in 2009, while he also won numerous accolades and personal awards along the way.
Moyes was appointed Manchester United's manager following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement after a 26-year spell in the Old Trafford dugout. He officially resumed his new post on 1 July 2013 and travelled with the club to the Far East and Australia.
However, pre-season tours doesn't really predict the display of a team when the new season commences. Going by the pedigree of teams that Moyes encountered during the pre-season, one didn't really expect a result other than the ones recorded. This does not in anyway imply that the Asian teams are not up to standard but the point is Manchester United are on a far greater pedestal than these teams.
With less than than a week before the start of the new Premier League season, the only formidable opponent Manchester United could be said to have met is Sevilla, who they played in a friendly game recently.
United lost that game by three goals to one. It may just be too early to say but with bigger opponents, Moyes might just be in for a bumpy ride if he is ill-prepared to face the challenges ahead.
Stepping into Sir Alex's gigantic shoes is in itself a great challenge; maintaining his enviable records and reputation is another.
The loss to Sevilla shouldn't be shrugged aside as irrelevant, but should be seen as a wake-up call to Moyes and his entire coaching staff as well as the United players.
Opponents bigger than Sevilla are on the way - and Moyes must make sure that he and his players are prepared.
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