Over the course of the past few weeks, Twitter has been abuzz with Manchester United fans calling for David Moyes' head before a ball has even been kicked in the Barclays Premier League.
Whilst indeed many other fans of the Red Devils have been quick to jump to the Scot's defence, the discontent is just another weight on the shoulders of a man facing an already difficult task.
If attempting to replicate the astronomical form of Sir Alex's Ferguson's 27-year reign was not enough, the added pressures of the drawn-out Wayne Rooney saga as well as the loss of Thiago Alcantara to European rivals Bayern Munich and the failure to capture Cesc Fabregas means that Moyes has faced a baptism of fire since joining Manchester United.
Although his seemingly weak handling of Rooney's determination to force a move away and his incapacity to so far attract big players to the club looks to have exposed a weakness that was never apparent in Sir Alex, it is necessary to take a closer look back at United's pre-season and towards the oncoming season before judging Moyes as a failure.
A priority for Moyes was a face-to-face meeting with Rooney - and that was precisely what he got, and quickly.
Following their conversation, Moyes has gone on to assert on more than one occasion that Wayne Rooney is categorically not for sale. A month-and-a-half later, Rooney is still a Manchester United player and there remains just three weeks left of the transfer window.
Whilst speculation has been rife that United are holding back until their game with Chelsea is out of the way, we only need to look back to 2007 when the Reds refused to sell Gabriel Heinze to Liverpool to realise that they are certainly not in the business of selling players to their closest rivals, particularly ones who are poised to run them close over the coming season.
In any case, the Rooney transfer dilemma was inherited from the departing manager and, in the increasingly unlikely event that Rooney does leave United, Moyes can hardly take a large proportion of the blame since it is clear that he has so far put up a tough fight in attempting to keep him at Old Trafford.
Another source of frustration for the club's fans has been the lack of incoming players to the club, particularly in central midfield which has looked particularly threadbare over the past few seasons.
The failed attempts to sign Thiago and Fabregas have not helped to quell the fans' fears that Moyes is not adequate to fill in the massive shoes of Sir Alex, and the way in which the transfers have been handled has been a disaster to say the least.
The combined inexperience of Moyes and new executive, Ed Woodward, might be a source of concern for fans used to the savvy skills of Sir Alex and David Gill but the fact remains that United continue to be linked to Europe's top players such as much-coveted Gareth Bale and Manchester United legend, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even if Moyes and Woodward do fail in their pursuit of these two players, the last-resort addition of Fellaini and Baines to the team would be an improvement at least on last year's squad.
A squad, which we must not forget, won the league by a staggering 11 points. Although United's fans have spent the summer watching their neighbours strengthen with the addition of Stevan Jovetic, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, the fact remains that they are still the champions and have already brought in bright talent, Wilfried Zaha, who shone over pre-season.
It is difficult to see them not making a foray into the transfer market before September 2. Any addition would be welcome and would strengthen an already strong team. Even so, the season is yet to start and no judgement should be made at the very least until the transfer window closes.
In the end, all we have to do is look back to Mark Robins' goal in 1990 which supposedly saved Sir Alex's career to remind us that even he had a shaky start to his stellar career.
Manchester United under David Moyes is going through a period of transition and, whilst it may not be a bed of roses at the moment, fans can be certain that a bright future lies ahead even though it may not be apparently clear at the moment.
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