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David Moyes coping well with tricky Manchester United baptism

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Taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be a tricky baptism but so far I think David Moyes has coped with the challenge exceptionally well.

It feels like hardly a day has gone by where I haven't seen him pop up somewhere on TV and Manchester United seem that bit more approachable as a result.

Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini must be thinking 'this if fantastic!' because aside from the continuing speculation about the futures of Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale, most of the attention has been focused on whether Wayne Rooney will be a United player once the transfer window closes.

Moyes isn't showing the strains of what is clearly a difficult situation, and I can't help wondering if Rooney is being used as a bargaining chip to be played at the last minute to bring another big player into United.

I don't buy all this stuff about 'you don't sell to a rival club'. Since when has that applied? United sold Carlos Tevez to Manchester City, Arsenal have sold Robin van Persie to United, Ashley Cole to Chelsea, Liverpool sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea.

If United aren't going to sell Rooney to an Arsenal or Chelsea, who are they going to sell him to? PSG, Real Madrid? Aren't they rivals too in terms of the Champions League?

In the grand scheme of things Moyes has won the only game that matters so far, the Community Shield, and I'm sure he'll be encouraged by what he's seen from his players so as well.

Danny Welbeck was named man-of-the-match in England's friendly win over Scotland in midweek, and Tom Cleverley made a solid contribution as well.

I was absolutely staggered to see United third-favourites for the Premier League title because all of their younger players - and there are plenty of them - have a year's more experience under their belts and I think they'll be better equipped to win the title than they were last season, when they won by 11 points.

I know you have to factor in Ferguson's departure, but I still see United as favourites because in Van Persie they have a world-class goal-scorer.


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