As David Moyes continues his transition into life at Old Trafford, it is imperative that he learns the skill of how to beat the very top teams, if he aspires to have long-term success with Manchester United.
Despite the relief of recording a draw against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, the result – a home draw – could be an increasingly common scoreline in the red half of Manchester.
The 'Chosen One' maintained his winless record against 'The Special One', and there is a real fear amongst many Manchester United fans that their new manager won’t be able to lift his team sufficiently to turn hopeless draws into triumphant wins.
Last season the Scot achieved the joint-highest number of Premier League draws with 15 at Everton. But he is now at a colossal club that demands the team to go for the win, no matter what the cost.
With this in mind, it is fair to give credit to Moyes for last night’s game. His players looked up for the big occasion, and had a fair share of chances to break the deadlock.
Conversely, Mourinho was happy to introduce both John Obi Mikel and Cesar Azpilicueta late on as he settled for a point.
But when considering the future of Manchester United, it is clear to observe that victories – and not draws – over their nearest rivals are key to success in both league and cup competitions.
The last time United were pipped to the Premier League title, two defeats to Manchester City were vital fixtures that handed the crown to the Sky Blues.
With a two-point difference between winning and simply drawing, it is important to snatch as many victories as possible.
But compared to last season’s results, Moyes has already taken more points from fixtures away to Swansea and home to Chelsea, than Sir Alex Ferguson managed in the 2012/13 campaign.
And now the 50-year-old has the opportunity to further his good, if not great, start to life at one of the biggest clubs in the world, when the team travel to arch-rivals Liverpool this weekend.
His experience gained with Everton will stand him in good stead for an adverse Anfield atmosphere, which he will need to call upon if he wishes to require only his fifth win over the Reds.
These early games against those also challenging for the title, can give an idea of who will still be in contention for the Premier League come May. And so far it seems that Moyes is doing an adequate job.
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