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David Moyes must be given a fair chance

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United fans are already out for blood. It has only been three months since the greatest manager to ever chew gum beside a football pitch decided it was time to retire from the Old Trafford hot seat.

His last words to the United faithful was to give the new manager time to settle in and make the top job in Premier League football his own.

Why is it that three games into the season, fans are already petitioning to throw the former Everton manager out?

Well there are multiple factors that could serve to explain this fiasco, the least of which being the fact that no United fan was secretly hoping for Moyes to replace Ferguson when the latter retired.

People were pitching names like Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, even Jurgan Klopp - managers who had taken their teams to the very epitome of the sport, and managed to keep them there.

Instead, when the rude awakening came that United's new boss would be the former manager of a perennial Europa League qualification contender.

With all due respect to David Moyes, and he does deserve a lot of it, no United fan was truly happy when he was appointed manager. United are a team to whom one and only one thing matters - winning.

Hiring a manager who has never won a trophy in the Premier League surely wasn't a step in the right direction. Getting to the point - Moyes has had the cards stacked against him from the start.

Where top managers would be given at least six to seven mistakes before they lost the faith of the fans, Moyes has only received a measly two or three. Strike one - lose your first game (against the Singha All-Stars no less). Strike two - bad start to the season. Strike three - fail miserably in the transfer window. By the unfair standards of United fans, Moyes is out. 

However, much of this criticism is very unfair. Four points from three games isn't completely awful considering the quality of the opposition.

Chelsea are favourites for the title and Liverpool (contrary to what pretty much every United fan thinks) aren't totally awful. As for his transfer failings, there is no doubt that Moyes could have done better in the window than he has.

It's actually kind of pathetic that the only real signing that United made was a 25-year old midfielder from Moyes' old team that was available for £4million less had the signing been made last month.

Of course, much of the blame for this fiasco has to be placed on the shoulders of United CEO Ed Woodward. I have no reservations saying that he was absolutely pathetic - abysmal really.

He doesn't deserve to keep his job after this showing. David Gill would never have been held to random the way Woodward was.

Moyes only delivered names that he wanted signed - Woodward was the one who failed miserably to bring them to United.

History warns us that it is unwise to shoot the messenger. Even so, at least they brought Fellaini in.

He's a very good player who can have a direct impact on the team. In the most important summer for the club in the last 25 years, United have well and truly failed.

But Moyes isn't to blame! Give him a chance. He is still one hell of a manager. He saw player after player leave him at Everton and still managed to stay in the top half of the table.

Whether he is a winner or not will come to light by the end of the season, but it's too soon to judge.

By my count, Moyes really only should have one strike against him and that was the first loss. However, everybody knows pre-season results can wildly differ from the regular season. Give Moyes a chance and maybe he will surprise us. He still has a cracking squad behind him after all and it isn't like Sir Alex isn't watching.

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